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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny released after being detained ahead of rallies

30 September 2017, 02:12 | Tara Lloyd

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny right leaves a police station in Moscow Russia Friday Sept. 29

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny right leaves a police station in Moscow Russia Friday Sept. 29

Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, the principal figure in a galvanised protest movement against the country's leadership, was detained on Friday ahead of a rally.

Navalny has said he wants to stand for president next March, but the authorities have said he is ineligible because he is serving a suspended sentence for fraud.

The rally had been due to start at 6pm (15:00 GMT) but Moscow police said Navalny was detained "over multiple calls to participate in an unauthorised public event".

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Navalny wrote on his Instagram page that he had been detained near his home and was being taken to the Danylovsky department of the Interior Ministry.

Police officers detain Russia's top opposition figure Alexei Navalny (C) after his visit the city's election commission office to submit documents to get registered as a mayoral election candidate in Moscow July 10, 2013.

Last June, Russia's election committee decided that 41-year-old Navalny isn't eligible to run for presidency in the upcoming election following several arrests. But Navalny has insisted that Friday's rally was authorised.

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"A plan to block regional rallies won't work", Navalny said, adding that other demonstrations are set to be held in Orenburg in the Urals and Arkhangelsk in northwest.

His campaign chief, Leonid Volkov, was kept in police custody in Nizhny Novgorod for most of the day Friday until being released and ordered to attend Monday's court hearing on the same charges. "They were saying for so long that opposition has no support in the regions, and it now pains them to even look at our rallies".

Russian Federation is set to hold an election in March, with President Vladimir Putin expected to seek another term.

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