Putin Navalny: Opposition leader arrested at Moscow protest

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Opposition demonstrations are being held across Russia two days before Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a fourth term as president. Alexei Navalny, who was prevented from standing in the election in March, is organising the protests but was arrested as soon as he arrived for the Moscow rally. Dozen of people have been arrested at demonstrations across the country.

The Moscow and St Petersburg protests were not approved by the authorities. Crowds gathered on Moscow's Pushkin Square shouting slogans such as "Down with the Tsar!" and "Russia without Putin". Activists from the pro-Kremlin National Liberation Movement are staging a rival rally at the same location.

Mr Navalny was seen arriving for the demonstration but news of his arrest followed almost immediately. Reports say he had been forced to stay at a secret location on Friday night in order to make it to the rally at all. The protests are being held under the slogan "He is not our Tsar!"

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