According to the spokesperson of the opponent, Kira Iarmych, Alexei Navalny, who intends to challenge Vladimir Putin in the presidential election in march 2018, was to take the train to travel to a meeting of the campaign, but authorized by the authorities in Nizhny Novgorod, 400 kilometers east of Moscow.
Police in Moscow detained Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for most of the day Friday in an apparent bid to prevent him from joining a rally that he organized in another city, where several people were also detained. "I went out to go to the station, they held me in the entrance". "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". "Now they are detaining me for an attempt to take part in a sanctioned meeting", Navalny said on Twitter.
In a social-media post on September 27, Navalny accused authorities in St. Petersburg of refusing to agree to a suitable location for a campaign rally in that city.
Navalny said he was told by the country's election commission that he would not be allowed to run for president, but he insisted he would stand against Putin either way, Reuters reported. He was detained prior to arriving at his last two rallies in Moscow on March 26 and June 12, both of which were not authorised by the city.
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Russian Federation is set to hold an election in March, with President Vladimir Putin expected to seek another term.
"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. The campaign has yet to officially open.
He served sentences of 15 days and 25 days for organising unauthorised protests.