>> Police across Russia detaining over 200 opposition activists on President Vladimir Putin's 65th birthday, according to a monitoring group. The protesters took to the streets after a rallying cry from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Taking part in nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, calling for Putin to quit and let Navalny run in the election.
Navalny has appealed to his supporters on his Facebook page to attend the protest organized across Russia. While some carried copies of the Russian constitution citing their right to protest. Others carried inflatable yellow ducks, a reference to Navalny's accusation that the Prime Minster owned a lavish estate with a duck house.
Navalny a vocal critic of Putin was jailed for 20 days on Monday, for violating rules which ban the organization of unsanctioned public meetings and rallies. It's the third time he's been arrested this year. He hopes to run in the 2018 election, but the Central Election Commission has ruled he's not eligible due to a suspended prison sentence, which Navalny says was politically motivated.
President Putin, who is yet to announce his candidacy, is widely expected to run in what would be his fourth term. If Navalny is allowed to enter, opinion polls show Putin would comfortably beat him. But the opposition leader, says such polls are meaningless because there's no fair political competition.