Opposition supporters rally across Russia, Navalny detained at unsanctioned protest in Moscow

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Russian police on Saturday arrest a participant of an unauthorized liberal opposition rally, called by their leader Alexei Navalny prior to the official inauguration of President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny, who was barred from running in the election against Putin on what he says was a false pretext, was detained soon after showing up on Moscow's central Pushkinskaya Square where young people chanted "Russia without Putin" and "Down with the Tsar".

"Even if some of the demonstrations were not authorized in the location where they took place, this can not justify police brutality and mass arrests", the statement said, adding that the European Union expected Russian Federation to "release without delay peaceful demonstrators and journalists".

The protests come days before the scheduled inauguration of Putin for his fourth term as president, which would extend his effective political control of Russian Federation into its third decade.

The council said "279 of them were Muscovites and 379 - from other towns".

Police dragged the organizer, 41-year-old opposition leader Alexei Navalny, out of the Moscow rally by his arms and ankles minutes after he arrived.

"I think that Putin isn't worthy of leading this country".

Navalny mentioned Sunday on Twitter that he was released after being detained on Moscow's Pushkin Square on Saturday.

Ukraine and its global partners call for the immediate release of illegally detained persons and ensuring their rights to peaceful protest.

Elsewhere, many protesters were also detained in a rough manner, observers said.

In Moscow, where more than 700 protesters were arrested, human rights figures called for an investigation into why people claiming to be Cossacks were allowed to assist the police crackdown.

But while thousands took to the streets, the Kremlin was getting ready for Putin's inauguration on Monday in a ceremony that will likely be heavy on pomp and circumstance.

Protests also took place in the Far East, Siberia and St. Petersburg, where Interfax cited the police as saying around 200 people had been detained.

With more than 56 million votes, nearly 77 percent of the total, his March election win was his biggest ever and the largest by any post-Soviet Russian leader, something he and his allies say gave him an unequivocal mandate to govern. "He has been doing it for 18 years and has done nothing good for it", Moscow demonstrator Dmitry Nikitenko told the Associated Press.

"Leaders who are secure in their own legitimacy don't arrest their peaceful opponents for protesting", she wrote.

The 65-year-old has governed Russian Federation for 18 years, serving six years as Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012 and the rest as President.

Putin has dismissed Navalny as a troublemaker bent on sowing chaos on behalf of Washington.

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