Top Putin critic arrested amid protest crackdown
© Getty Images

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a top critic of President Vladimir Putin, was arrested Monday on his way to an unsanctioned protest, The Associated Press reported.

Navalny's arrest came after he called for the rally to move to a main Moscow street instead of a government-approved protest space.

Tens of thousands are rallying across Russia to protest corruption and government stagnation, with many chants and signs aimed at Putin. 


A spokeswoman for Navalny said electricity has been cut off at his offices in Moscow. The AP reported seeing about 50 protesters get arrested. 

Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, has been arrested numerous times for a variety of accused crimes. Earlier this year, attackers sprayed him with a compound that reportedly caused him to lose most of his vision in one eye — an attack he says the Kremlin is behind.