Moscow: Hundreds Protest in Manezh Square After Alexei Navalny Arrested (Photos, Video)

December 30, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Following the house arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday, thousands of Russians took to the streets in Moscow in an unsanctioned demonstration.

According to accounts on Twitter, Navalny was photographed walking around among demonstrators before he was arrested again by Russian authorities. Police were seen in the crowds of demonstrators, with one person claiming that “Moscow cops [are] now pushing protesters off” Manezh Square. 

Dozens of police vehicles were also seen. 

Here’s the AP update on the arrest:

Police have detained President Vladimir Putin’s chief foe, who has broken the terms of house his arrest to attend a protest of several thousand just outside the Kremlin.

The unsanctioned demonstration on Tuesday came hours after Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner, was found guilty of fraud and given a suspended sentence of 3.5 years. His brother was sent to prison.

The convictions are widely seen as a political vendetta against any opposition to Putin and his government.

Alexei Navalny, who has been under house arrest since February, broke its terms to attend the rally and was rounded up by police as he approached the site of the protest.