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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained moments after release

Navalny has been the driving force behind a recent series of anti-government rallies.

Police officers detain Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny (Dmitry Serebryakov/AP)
Police officers detain Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny (Dmitry Serebryakov/AP)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained just after being released from jail.

Navalny’s 30 days in jail for staging an unsanctioned protest ran out early on Monday.

A police officer approached him and took him away just as he came out of a detention centre in Moscow to be greeted by supporters and the media.

Navalny has been the driving force behind a recent series of anti-government rallies.

His detention comes amid a wave of popular discontent against a hike in the retirement age, an issue that angered Russians across the political spectrum.

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