Anti-Putin Leader Arrested In Moscow During Protests Against Putin

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Mike Brest Reporter
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and hundreds of other activists opposed to Vladimir Putin were detained by police while protesting Putin’s upcoming inauguration for a fourth presidential term, according to the Associated Press.

The protests have taken place over the past couple days under the slogan “He is not our czar” and  organized by Navalny, Putin’s most prominent opponent. The protests have occurred in multiple cities throughout the country.

A group that monitors political repression in Russia, according to the AP, said that more than 350 in total have been arrested during the protests.

According to Reuters, people chanted “Russia without Putin!” and “Down with the Tsar!”

AP is reporting that, according to the OVD-Info group, Chelyabinsk had the largest number of arrests as of Saturday afternoon, where 97 people have been detailed.

The police, who wore riot gear during the protests, have begun blocking off areas to control crowds.

This is not Navalny’s first time getting arrested while protesting against Putin.

Putin won his bid for a fourth presidential term in March, in a landslide victory. He will be in office for at least six more years, until 2024.

Putin’s inauguration will take place on Monday.