Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was discharged from a Moscow hospital on Monday and returned to prison but on Thursday his lawyer revealed a complaint had been filed saying he was poisoned.
Four opposition figures had their homes raided by police on Wednesday night, according to human rights activists. But on Thursday, they said they would press ahead with Saturday's rally in Moscow for fair elections.
Russia independent opposition candidates for local council elections have pledged to protest everyday outside the office for the Moscow mayor following a huge rally calling for free elections over the weekend.
The protests were led by Alexei Navalny who has been jailed many times, most recently for taking part in an unauthorised protest in last month.
In this edition of the Brief the EU responds to the Italy budget plans, Kremlin critic Navalny is allowed out of Russia to attend court in Strasbourg, and Woman at War wins the European parliament's Lux Film prize.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalany allowed to leave Russia
Navalny released after 20 days in jail
"Nobody has ever kicked your butt properly so that you’d feel it in your liver but now you came to the right person," Viktor Zolotov, the head of Russia's National Guard and Putin's ex-head of security, threatened the opposition leader.
According to a recent poll, around 90 percent of the population oppose the bill
Russia’s Vladimir Putin is due to be inaugurated for a fourth term after winning re-election and extending his power for another six years.
Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic called for nationwide protests against the Russian leader on Saturday, two days before his inauguration.
On March 18, over 110 million Russians will have their say on who will be the next president. But while few question who is likely to win, the vote is important as it will show how firm Putin's grip on power really is. Here’s our breakdown of Russia’s presidential election.
On a typically dour March day in Moscow, it is almost intolerably hot and loud inside the offices of anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny.
The Russian opposition leader had been arrested moments after appearing at an event where he urged people to boycott the vote
Hundreds of supporters of Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny take to the streets in a series of nationwide protests against the authorities.
A Moscow court has abolished a multi-million dollar foundation used to fund anti-corruption politician Alexei Navalny's election campaign.
The opposition leader reacted to the Supreme Court ruling, writing on Twitter that he and his supporters "will not recognise elections without competition"
Candidate Vladimir Putin has submitted his application to Russia's Central Election Commission, while opposition leader Alexei Navalny has unveiled his boycott plan.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny nominated by hundreds to challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency.