moscow - Russian opposition leader Aleksej Navalni was arrested on Monday. The police arrested the politician outside his home, said Navalni's wife on Twitter. That happened just before a announced demonstration against corruption.
Navalni spokesman reported that the power in the office of the opposition leader has been turned off. A witness has also arrested some protesters who left a metro station in the Russian capital.
Navalni had told the authorities to report the announced demonstration to another location on Monday. The municipality of Moscow had appointed the Sakharov Prospect outside the center ring, but Navalni wanted to divert to the Tverskaja, a street just in the center.
Navalni promised that the demonstration would be 'very peaceful'. The Tverskaja Street is Monday's traffic storm due to the Independence Day celebrated. Justice in Moscow had told police to intervene if the demonstration was being moved. During national protests in March, the police captured about a thousand protesters.
The 41-year-old Navalni lawyer acts as a social activist and opponent of the regime of President Putin. He wants to participate in the presidential elections in 2018. However, he was accused of eclipse by the justice and received a conditional sentence. The lawyer has been appealed. A convicted power in Russia can not participate in the presidential elections.