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100 protesters, Kremlin opposition leader Navalny arrested

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 01:01

Russian police arrest more than 100 supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny who gathered near the Kremlin to protest against his conviction on embezzlement charges. Gavino Garay reports.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is ambushed by police in Moscow just after breaking house arrest. He is detained and then driven back home, local media reported. 100 anti-government protesters were also arrested. Demonstrators had been rallying for freedom of expression. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENT, ALLA, SAYING: "I came here first of all because I am against any repression, against politically motivated cases and prosecution for views. I think every person has the right to express his opinion." Navalny was sentenced to house arrest earlier in the day for embezzlement. His brother was sentenced to three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Government opponents say jailing Navalny, who led protests against President Vladimir Putin three years ago, could trigger a new wave of protest.

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100 protesters, Kremlin opposition leader Navalny arrested

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 01:01