Alexei Navalny

Many Russians protesters despite the frigid weather on Sunday turned up en masse to support opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was also arrested when he was walking to the demonstration in Moscow.

Alexei was wrestled to the ground as he makes his way to the Moscow demonstration to join the other protesters who had come out to support his call for the Russia election boycott. He is one of the top rival of President Vladmir Putin at the moment, and seems to want to stop the Russia president from his fourth term Presidential agenda.


Alexei is not currently permitted to run for the office of the highest office in Russia after an embezzlement conviction, a case which he believed was politically motivated. 

After he was detained on Sunday, he later tweeted to his supporters that he had been released in late Sunday evening before a trial, and the Russian police have said that he would likely be charged with a public-order violation for calling unauthorized demonstrations.


Should President Vladmir Putin be worried in the next year elections? Yesterday, more than 15,000 endorsed the Presidency aspiration of Alexei Navalny, a strongman opposing President Putin presidency. 

People were reported to have met from across 20 cities, stretching from the Pacific port of Vladivostok to Saint Petersburg in the northwest to rally their supports for Alexei in the presence of electoral officials. According to the law in Russia, an independent candidate only needs 500 votes to get registered with the election authorities, but Alexei gets an estimated people about15,000.


In the nation's capital, Moscow alone, Alexei got 700 people that endorsed his candidacy.

Responding to the turnout of voters in the election, Alexei said;  "I am hugely happy, I am proud to tell you that I stand here as a candidate of the entire Russia. We are ready to win and we will win these election"

Alexei Nivalny plans to submit his nomination to the Central Election Commission, with two of the members from the CEC witnessing the massive turnout of voters in Moscow. 

Authorities have been sceptical about Alexei nomination due to a criminal conviction, but he has responded that the conviction was politically motivated. He has also said he will protest the banning of his name in court if it does not appear on the ballot, and had also called on his supporters not to vote at all if his name is not on the ballot.

President Putin is also looking to run for the fourth presidential term in office. This will allow him to rule Russia till 2024, and will also be the longest-serving president of Russia, more than Joseph Stalin, the former Russia dictator.



Police have arrested Mr Putin critic, Alexei Navalny ahead of his Anti-Kremlin nationwide protest in Moscow. The news was confirmed by Mr Navalny wife, Yulia, who confirmed that Alexei was picked up by security operatives just 1 hour before the protest.


                                 Alexei Nivalny (dressed in blue shirt) taken away by Russian police


She wrote on social media;

Alexei was detained in the entrance hall of our building,He asked me to tell you that the plans (for the protest) are unchanged.

According to Reuters, witnesses said they saw police car leaving Mr Navalny apartment, and was later followed by a minibus that was filled up by almost 10 policemen. The live feed that was transmitting from Nivalny office was also shut down after the electricity to the building was cut off.

Mr Nivalny is protesting against corruption of the Russian government. 

He has now announced he will be running for Russian presidency come 2018. In March, Nivalny was jailed for 15 days after his March protest, and he April, he suffered damage to one eye, after he was attacked and the attacker poured green antiseptic liquid into his eyes.


A Blogger and possible top contender of Vladmir Putin, Alexei Navalny has been jailed. Alexei rose to prominence in 2007, after a detailed exposure of corruption of Kremlin top officials, and also released secret files that questions government deals.


He had led numerous protests against Putin's government, accusing them of corruption. In 2012, he was arrested for embezzlement and was sent to 5 years in prison for 5 years, but was released after a day.

He announced he will be running for President in 2016, and after was arrested again for the embezzlement, and was found guilty, a verdict that automatically stops him from running for the political office, but Alexie said he would still campaign.

In a recent protest in Russia, Nivalny who led the campaign was arrested and sent to 15 days in Jail.