Opposition Leader of Russia Alexei Navalny Arrested During Anti-Putin March

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Today, Alexei Navalny, the figurehead of the opposition party of Russia, was arrested during a protest march against Vladimir Putin, the current president.

Navalny and several other people were seised by the police as Russia comes near a presidential election that is scheduled to be held on the 18th of March, which is anticipated to put Putin back into power.

Earlier in the day, the police had forced their way into the headquarters of the opposition – in what seems like an attempt to meddle with an online broadcast of the rallies, even though they said that they were looking for a bomb.

“I have been detained. It does not matter,” said Navalny in a twitter post (translated from Russian). “You march not for me, but for yourself and your future.”

A video that was posted on the Twitter page of Navalny, which revealed that he had been wrestled to the ground, asked protestors to carry on and said that the arrest of only one person was “meaningless.”

Navalny is a prominent critic of the Kremlin. He has been forbidden from standing in the election because of previous criminal fraud convictions. He said that the charges were politically motivated.

Navalny is a 41-year-old protester who was arrested several times in 2017 for similar displays of non-conformity with the Russian government. Putin still maintains a massive approval rating in Russia.