Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Russian Police Briefly Detain Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny - Again

Russian Police Briefly Detain Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny - Again

A 41-year-old anti-corruption campaigner, Navalny was repeatedly jailed last year for organising some of Russia's biggest protests, targeting what he says are the luxury lifestyles of President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle.

Navalny said on Twitter that he was detained by police as he left from visiting the dentist.

Dmitry Borisov was accused of kicking the officer twice in the head during protests called by the anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny that saw tens of thousands of people take to the streets across Russian Federation.

"I was released until the trial".

Navalny, who can not contest the election because of a criminal conviction he says is politically motivated, was detained on January 28 during a Moscow rally but released later that day without facing court.

Navalny was summoned for interrogation to the Investigative Committee in early February, since he was suspected of causing bodily harm to a police officer, who was trying to detain the opposition leader at a January 28 "strike".

At the end of January, Navalny organized a series of rallies attended by thousands to protest the Kremlin in sub-zero temperatures.

If charged, he could face jail time.

People in his campaign have been endlessly harassed by the authorities, with campaign chief Leonid Volkov on Tuesday tweeting that they have already served a combined 2433 days behind bars and had to pay a total of 13.

The latest detentions came ahead of a march on Sunday in memory of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down three years ago on a bridge close to the Kremlin.

Last week, Russia's media watchdog blocked Navalny's website.

Both Deripaska and Prikhodko deny the allegations.

Opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been charged with an administrative offense and released from a police department, Anti-Corruption Foundation lawyer Ivan Zhdanov told Interfax on February 22.

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