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Russian Police Crack Down on Protests as Alexei Navalny Suffers Possible Poisoning Behind Bars

HeadlineJul 29, 2019

In Moscow, police responded to an opposition protest Saturday by arresting nearly 1,400 people and beating back demonstrators with batons. The protest was organized to denounce the recent barring of opposition candidates from running in an upcoming election for Moscow City Council and followed a similar protest a week earlier which brought out an estimated 20,000 people.

Meanwhile, one of Russia’s most prominent opposition figures, Alexei Navalny, has been hospitalized after reportedly suffering an acute allergic reaction in jail. He was arrested Wednesday and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Navalny’s doctor said he may have been exposed to “some toxic agent.” We’ll have more on the protests in Russia later in the broadcast.

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