Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russian police raid Navalny office ahead of planned protests

Russian police raid Navalny office ahead of planned protests

Russian police officers gather at the entrance to a business centre, which houses the office of opposition leader Alexei Navalny's Anti-corruption Foundation (FBK), in Moscow on January 28, 2018.

Mr Navalny, whose office was raided by police on Sunday morning, urged his backers to continue to demonstrate despite being detained.

A total of 27 people have so far been detained across Russian Federation, including several at Mr Navalny's Moscow offices, according to reports.

Police shut down the studio at the office which had been broadcasting online bulletins, but another studio in a different location continued to operate.

A video posted to his Twitter page shows Navalny - who is a critic of President Vladimir Putin - being roughly pushed into a police van after joining demonstrators for a nationwide day of protest he organized to encourage a boycott of the March presidential election he was barred from running in.

Six of Mr Navalny's supporters at the Moscow studio were detained, as well as around 16 protesters in other parts of Russian Federation, independent monitoring group OVD-info said.

Mr Navalny's supporters said they expected thousands of people to take part in similar demonstrations in more than 118 towns and cities, with main protests set to begin at around 11am Irish time.

Navalny's supporters have concluded a rally of more than 100 people in Barnaul of Russia's Altai Republic, the regional branch of the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

In a video message addressing his supporters following the commission's decision, Mr Navalny said: We knew this could happen, and so we have a straightforward, clear plan.

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