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Russia Opposition Leader Detained as Moscow Vote Standoff Grows

  • Navalny taken into custody while out jogging near his home
  • Another protest planned after biggest rally in several years

Russian police detained opposition leader Alexey Navalny as a standoff intensified over the authorities’ decision to bar prominent anti-government candidates from September elections in Moscow.

Navalny has called for another major rally Saturday in front of the mayor’s office after he addressed the biggest protest in three years in the Russian capital on July 20, attended by more than 20,000 people according to independent monitors. Last weekend’s demonstration was authorized but the next one planned isn’t.