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.
Alexei Navalny says he was given no reason for being barred from boarding a flight from Moscow to Frankfurt. He intended to appear at the ECHR, which is ruling on the legality of his numerous detentions.
Regional elections in Russia have been marred by nationwide protests over the Kremlin's pension reform plans. Several supporters of detained opposition leader and Putin foe Alexei Navalny have been arrested.
Without much real competition, Russians are set to elect governors and mayors, as well as regional and local representatives, on Sunday. But with protests planned across the country, experts say there could be surprises.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained outside his Moscow home, according to his spokeswoman. The 42-year-old blogger spent June in jail after organizing protests against President Vladimir Putin.
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