Navalny and campaign manager Volkov detained in Moscow

Navalny and campaign manager Volkov detained in Moscow
Alexey Navalny

"Barely got out of the dentist’s – here they go, second regiment, you are under arrest. They are taking me somewhere. "

Moscow Police detained Alexey Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and head of the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) together with his campaign manager Leonid Volkov on February 22, Navalny twitted.

"Barely got out of the dentist’s – here they go, second regiment, you are under arrest. They are taking me somewhere", Navalny wrote at about 13:20 on Thursday. "They took me to Yakimanka PD. They said they will let me go in 10 minutes and even take to my office," he added later.

Earlier, Volkov reported that the second operational regiment of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow had detained him at the Sheremetyevo airport, while he was going to fly to Ufa.

According to the reports on February 20, the FBK director Roman Rubanov was put to a ten-day arrest, after he had been detained in Sheremetyevo.

"I suppose they are going to put me in jail so that I spent March 18 in a cell," Navalny wrote at the end of January, when he was suddenly let go after being detained during a "voters' strike" downtown Moscow.

Navalny was summoned for interrogation to the Investigative Committee in early February, since he was suspected of causing bodily harm to a police officer, who was trying to detain the opposition leader at a January 28 "strike". As it turned out, the ICR began its background check after a statement by the policeman, which says that Navalny had hit him in the knee. The investigation also has a video footage with the politician’s detention that he posted on Instagram himself and that only shows the police officers taking the detainee to the paddy wagon.

Navalny and his staff have been urging the Russians to boycott the presidential election on March 18, 2018 after the Central Election Commission had refused to register him as a candidate for the post of head of state. The CEC considers such calls illegal.

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