Moscow is expected re-elect incumbent, government-backed Sergei Sobyanin for mayor. But opposition activist Alexey Navalny has seen his popularity surge in recent weeks.
The EU has slammed mass arrests in Russia during protests against recently re-elected President Vladimir Putin. Nearly 1,600 people were said to have been detained by police, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Under the motto "He is not our tsar," Russians have taken to the streets to decry a fourth term by President Vladimir Putin. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained along with many other protesters, a monitor says.
Navalny was taken into custody and later released by authorities. He faces a court hearing and 30 days in jail. His campaign manager was separately arrested and remains in detention.
Thousands have protested nationwide against Russian President Vladimir Putin's expected re-election. Putin critic Alexei Navalny was again arrested by police, before being released. Miodrag Soric reports from Moscow.
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