Thursday, July 11, 2013

Navalny Briefly Detained

Opposition figure and Moscow mayoral candidate Aleksei Navalny has been detained by police and then released shortly afterward. After leaving the Moscow City Election Commission office on July 10, where he registered to run for mayor, Navalny addressed his supporters. "For 15 long years there haven't been elections in our city. We are changing that today," Navalny said. "Finally, there's a candidate who represents you, who represents your family, who represents citizens. I want to represent you. I say thank you for putting your trust in me to represent you." But police officers approached him and took him away to a nearby vehicle. Chanting "shame," "Navalny is our mayor," and "release him," a crowd of his supporters surrounded the bus. The police apologized and released Navalny several minutes later. He credited the presence of his supporters outside the election commission for his quick release.

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