In Pictures: Fury in cities across Russia over opposition leader’s arrest

In Pictures: Fury in cities across Russia over opposition leader’s arrest
Police detain a man during a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow (AP)

More than 1,600 people have been arrested amid mass protests across Russia over the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The 44-year-old, a thorn in the side of the Kremlin for years, was arrested on January 17 when he returned to Moscow from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning.

Authorities say his stay in Germany violated terms of a suspended sentence in a 2014 criminal conviction, while Navalny says the conviction was for made-up charges.

Police clash with demonstrators in St Petersburg – one of dozens of cities where demonstrations are taking place (AP)

Hundreds of people have been detained (AP)

A man protects a police officer as protesters attack him in the capital (AP)

Riot police at a protest in Yekaterinburg (AP)

A man holds a poster with a portrait Alexei Navalny with a message reading: ‘One for all and all for one’ (AP)

Police officers use batons during a violent encounter in the capital (AP)

Navalny has proven to be a durable for for Vladimir Putin (AP)

Protests took place in freezing temperatures, sometimes as low as minus 50C (AP)

This image from St Petersburg conveys the scale of the protests (AP)

There were international demonstrations against the arrest – this woman’s face mask message translates to ‘Freedom for the Word’ as she attends a protest in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany (AP)

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