1,400 arrested at Moscow poll protest

The Russian police arrested almost 1,400 people as they gathered in Moscow on the weekend to demand free and fair elections in the biggest crackdown on a rally in the country in years.

Some 3,500 people took part in the unauthorised protest on Saturday, according to official estimates, after authorities barred prominent Opposition candidates from taking part in city elections.

The rally comes amid public frustration over declining living standards that has hit President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings.

A week before, 22,000 took to the streets in a protest, calling on authorities to reverse their decision ahead of the September city council vote.

After that demonstration top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days for calling the fresh protest.

Mr. Navalny on Sunday was taken to hospital from jail after suffering what his press secretary said was a “severe allergic reaction”, despite having never suffered from allergies.


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