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Russian opposition leader is detained on day of protests.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained by police in Moscow after joining a rally in support of a presidential election boycott. Mr Navalny tweeted, urging his backers to join protests across Russia. Earlier, police raided his offices in Moscow, reportedly seizing equipment.

Mr Navalny - President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic - is barred from standing in the 18 March election. Protest rallies are being held in a number of Russian cities. In Moscow and St Petersburg they were not sanctioned by authorities. More than 180 people have so far been detained across the country.