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Kremlin critic Navalny says he was detained by police near Moscow home

Kremlin critic Navalny says he was detained by police near Moscow home
FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny addresses demonstrators during a rally in support of independent candidates for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital's regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov -
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SHAMIL ZHUMATOV(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said on Wednesday he had been detained by police near his home in Moscow as he left for a jog.

Navalny made the announcement on social media after his detention.

It was not immediately clear why he had been detained, but the incident came days after a large street rally in Moscow during which protesters called on the authorities to allow several opposition candidates to compete in a local election.

Navalny called on protesters at the same rally to demonstrate outside Moscow city hall on Saturday if the opposition candidates were not allowed to run in the election.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova, Andrew Osborn; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)

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