Navalny’s wife amongst 3,000 supporters detained as police close central Moscow

Alexei Navalny’s wife has been detained along with 3,000 others as protesters across Russia demanded the release of the jailed opposition politician.

Yulia Navalnaya joined a rally in Moscow – where police sealed off pedestrian access in areas and shut down metro stations – where she counted among the 500 detained.

Rallies are being held across the country for the second weekend in a row after the opposition leader was arrested earlier this month upon his return to the capital, having spent months in Germany recovering from a poisoning.

Authorities warned rallies were not authorized and would be broken up, as they were last weekend – when more than 4,000 people were detained, according to OVD-Info, and tens of thousands took to the streets.

Demonstrations took place hundreds of miles apart, with protesters rallying in support of Mr Navalny in cities in Siberia, as well as in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Mr. Navalny is accused of parole violations which he has claimed are trumped up. A court is due to meet next week to consider handing him a jail term of up to three and a half years.

Source: Agencies

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