Russia Clamps Down on Protests for Jailed Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny

Russia Clamps Down on Protests for Jailed Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny
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MOSCOW—Russian police detained over 3,000 protesters across the country during mass rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday, as his supporters vowed to continue their rallies until he is freed.

In what has shaped up to be a key test for his movement and a fresh challenge for the Kremlin, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in over 100 Russian cities, including the capital Moscow, according to independent monitors. Mr. Navalny, who was detained on Sunday upon his return to Russia from Germany following a near-fatal poisoning with a nerve agent, had urged his supporters nationwide to take to the streets.

For Mr. Navalny, who has shown an ability to mobilize his large following into demonstrations, Saturday’s protests…



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