Russian police said they have detained more than 400 people, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, at a protest in Moscow over the alleged framing of a journalist, Wednesday, June 12.
READ MORE: Russian police have detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny and hundreds of other people who attended a Moscow protest to call for retribution against police who allegedly framed a high-profile journalist, a monitoring group said.
The OVD-Info group, which monitors political arrests, said police Wednesday detained at least 400 people, some of them by force. The group said police began releasing some of the detainees while drawing up charges against others.
The unauthorized rally follows a surprise police decision to drop charges against journalist Ivan Golunov, who was charged last week with drug dealing after police claimed to have found drugs in his apartment. Golunov, who earned a reputation for exposing corrupt Moscow city officials, denied the allegations.