Moscow tensions boil over as Putin rival holds protest

Jun 12, 2017, 8:16 AM EDT
Russia Opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
(Source: Mitya Aleshkovsky/flickr)

The authorities in Moscow stepped up police arrangement on Monday as opposition leader Alexei Navalny, called on his supporters to gather at the city center to protest against what he describes as a corrupt government.

Navalny, an ardent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was granted permission to hold a rally at a different venue but he decided to march to Moscow city center accusing the administration of humiliating the protesters, writes the BBC.

Navalny, who organized similar protests in March, aims to topple Putin in the next year’s presidential election and the success of this protest could be a sign of things to come, notes Reuters.