Alexei Navalny’s wife among 1,600 arrested as police clash with protesters across Russia
The wife of the prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced her arrest on Saturday as police clashed with protesters across the country.
Yulia Navalnaya said she had been detained at a rally in Moscow as officers arrested hundreds of demonstrators on a day of protests in Moscow and other cities.
Mr Navalny, 44, who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent and durable foe, was arrested on January 17 when he returned to Moscow from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from severe nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin.
Authorities said his stay in Germany violated the terms of a suspended sentence in a criminal conviction in a case that Mr Navalny claims was illegitimate. He is due to appear in court in early February to determine if he will serve the three-and-a-half-year sentence in prison.
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