Navalny protests: Hundreds arrested during pro-Navalny rallies across Russia

Hundreds of people have been arrested in Russia as rallies have broken out across the country in demand of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s release.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin.

Police so far have detained more than 750 protesters across Russia’s 11 time zones, according to the OVD-Info, a group that monitors arrests.

The rallies come after large protests last weekend designed to pressure the Kremlin into freeing 44-year-old Navalny – President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent.

An anti-corruption investigator, Navalny was arrested on 17 January upon his return from Germany where he spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he has accused the Kremlin of being responsible for.

Sky News’ Moscow correspondent Diana Magnay, at the scene of one of the protests, says there is a “vast police presence” acting as a “ring of steel around central Moscow”.

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