Putin foe Alexei Navalny reportedly detained again

The opponent number one in the Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, was questioned by the police at the exit of his home in Moscow, at the time it was supposed to go to a meeting of the campaign in the province, he announced Friday on the social networks.

Navalny had planned to travel to the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod where he was to lead a rally, the latest in a series of demonstrations he has organized across Russian Federation, when he was detained early Friday.

Navalny said he was told by the country's election commission that he would not be allowed to run for president, but he insisted he would stand against Putin either way, Reuters reported.

Navalny said earlier he did not receive any official explanation for being held.

Authorities there banned the event this week and warned residents not to participate, even though activists said the city had previously offered them a square for the rally.

The council's decision-making body, the Committee of Ministers, last week urged Russian Federation to allow Navalny to stand for election despite his "arbitrary and unfair" conviction for fraud.

The Tass news agency on Friday quoted police as saying that Navalny was detained because of his calls for unsanctioned rallies, which is punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

His campaign chief, Leonid Volkov, was kept in police custody in Nizhny Novgorod for most of the day Friday until being released and ordered to attend Monday's court hearing on the same charges.

Russian Federation holds a presidential election in March which incumbent Vladimir Putin is widely expected to contest. The campaign has yet to officially open.

Navalny had already been arrested in the past, such as here at an event in march 2017.

  • Rogelio Becker