Protests erupted in the Russian capital Moscow in mid-July after the Central Election Commission refused to register a large numbers of opposition-minded candidates.
In recent weeks, thousands have attended street protests calling for free and fair elections after the exclusion of several opposition figures from local Moscow polls next month.
The move comes ahead of a series of planned nationwide demonstrations on Saturday being organised by Alexei Navalny's allies to protest against the exclusion of opposition candidates from a Moscow election next month.
Russian opposition is demanding free elections, after authorities disqualified a number of opposition candidates from the upcoming local polls due in September.
From US President Donald Trump signing a bill to benefit 9/11 victims to flooding in Pakistan, here are some of the top images making the news on July 29 and July 30, 2019.
Outspoken Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny most recently suffered from an “acute allergic reaction” in jail, triggering a wave of rumours and suspicion. This is how he drew Moscow’s ire and why he is in jail.
Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred from hospital back to jail to carry out the rest of his 30-day sentence while his own doctor fears he may have been poisoned.
Demonstrators were rallying against the exclusion of several opposition candidates from the ballot for this fall's Moscow council elections.
Police and hundreds of demonstrators faced off in central Moscow at an unauthorised march against police abuse in the wake of the high-profile detention of Russian journalist Ivan Golunov.
Nemtsov, a critic of President Putin, was gunned down on February 27, 2015, close to the Kremlin. Thousands of Russians marched on Sunday to commemorate his life. The US is calling for those who ordered the crime to be held to account.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by a Moscow court as he was found guilty of breaking the law by organising an unauthorised Moscow rally on January 28.
Navalny, who has been detained and jailed several times, was last sentenced to 30 days in prison in May for his role in organising nationwide protests against President Vladimir Putin.
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