Putin critic Alexei Navalny detained ahead of protest

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Police have detained Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny just before a mass protest against corruption in central Moscow was expected to take place. He was arrested at the entrance of his home on Monday, his wife wrote on his Twitteraccount, posting a photo of him getting into a police car.

"Hello. This is Yulia Navalnaya ... Alexei has been detained in the stairwell," she wrote about a half-hour before the demonstration was to begin. The protest will still go ahead, she added. Electricity in Navalny's office was also cut off, Navalnaya's spokeswoman told her 33,000 followers on Twitter.

Navalny had called on his supporters to mark the Russia Day holiday on Monday with protests against what he called a corrupt system of rule overseen by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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