Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny hospitalised

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny hospitalised

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny hospitalised

Last weekend, protests drew a crowd of 20,000, but this Saturday's unauthorized gathering was much smaller, with Moscow police estimating 3,500 people turned out.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was taken from jail to hospital on Sunday after suffering a "severe allergic reaction" with swelling of the face and redness to the skin, his spokeswoman said.

Russian police on Saturday began arresting people outside the Moscow mayor's office ahead of an election protest demanding that opposition candidates be allowed to run for the Moscow city council.

Kim added: "Reason for crackdown: Allowing even a few opposition politicians into Moscow city council would grant them legitimacy and exposure".

Moscow says the candidates had failed to meet a sufficient number of signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Police asked media to notify the authorities if they planned to cover the protest and urged Russians to skip the rally altogether. A total of 57 candidates have been rejected from the ballot, including prominent government critics Ilya Yashin, Dmitry Gudkov and Lyubov Sobol.

He is considered the most well-known opposition figure in Russian Federation. Dpa reporters at the protests also witnessed some injured demonstrators.

On Saturday, police stormed a TV studio belonging to Navalny that was live-streaming the protests on YouTube, and arrested Vladimir Milono, who was in charge of the program. In Ekaterinburg, Russia's third largest city, thousands protested against the city's plans to build a large cathedral in one of its last remaining central parks.

Police in Moscow have arrested hundreds of people for demonstrating outside of City Hall.

Though Mr Putin's approval rating is still high at well over 60 percent, it is lower than it used to be due to discontent over years of falling incomes.

OVD-info, a Russian democracy monitoring organization, said that at least 435 people were detained thus far during the protests.

Alexei Navalny addresses demonstrators during a rally in support of independent candidates for elections to Moscow City Duma, in Moscow.

Several opposition activists who wanted to run for seats on the Moscow city council in the September 8 election were arrested throughout the city before the protest began.

After activists and abnormal Muscovites staged pickets final week, together with outdoors the native election fee constructing, investigators stated they have been launching a felony probe into obstructing the work of election officers.

For that offence protest organisers risk up to five years in prison.

On Friday Navalny allies said police had also searched their campaign headquarters in the latest raids.

Navalny was arrested while out jogging on Wednesday and is now serving a 30-day sentence for his role in organizing the demonstration.

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