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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained again

He has been jailed repeatedly in recent years for organising or participating in unsanctioned protests.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media as an officer stands guard at the Foundation for Fighting Corruption office in Moscow (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks to the media as an officer stands guard at the Foundation for Fighting Corruption office in Moscow (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Security officers in Moscow have again detained Alexei Navalny, the most prominent foe of President Vladimir Putin and the governing United Russia party.

Mr Navalny has been jailed repeatedly in recent years for organising or participating in unsanctioned protests.

His Foundation for Fighting Corruption organisation has produced reports alleging corruption by top figures including the prime minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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Officers stand guard at the Foundation for Fighting Corruption office in Moscow (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Mr Navalny was detained when officers forced their way into his organisation’s office on Thursday, his spokeswoman said.

An attorney with Mr Navalny’s foundation said the officers were from the federal court bailiffs’ service and that they claimed to be searching for evidence connected to a case against the organisation’s director Ivan Zhdanov.

A criminal case was opened against Mr Zhdanov earlier this year for failing to follow an order to remove a video version of a report claiming corruption by Mr Medvedev.

The federal court bailiffs’ service later said Mr Navalny had not been detained.

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