January 25, 2018 / 10:27 AM / 7 months ago

Russian police - We'll deal harshly with lawbreakers at pre-election protests: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Interior Ministry warned on Thursday it would harshly suppress any violations of the law at planned pre-election opposition protests, the RIA news agency reported on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny leaves the European court of Human Rights after a hearing regarding his case against Russia at the court in Strasbourg, France, January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is organising a series of rallies across Russia on Jan. 28 to press home his call for a boycott of a March 18 presidential election he has been barred from running in.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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