Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was arrested in Moscow on Monday as he headed to a protest in Moscow, while 200 protesters were detained.
According to a report in The Associated Press, thousands of protesters rallied across the country to protest against corruption in the country.
The demonstration is the second mass action since March and was called by Navalny, who has announced his intention to run for president next year and has drawn a new generation to the streets through a relentless online campaign.
“Alexei has been detained in the stairwell,” his wife Yulia wrote on his Twitter account about 40 minutes before the anti-corruption rally called by the Kremlin critic was set to start in the city center. (AP)