Anti-Putin protesters detained

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was arrested in Moscow on Monday as he headed to a protest in Moscow, while 200 protesters were detained.

According to a report in The Associated Pressthousands of protesters rallied across the country to protest against corruption in the country.

The demonstration is the second mass action since March and was called by Navalny, who has announced his intention to run for president next year and has drawn a new generation to the streets through a relentless online campaign.

“Alexei has been detained in the stairwell,” his wife Yulia wrote on his Twitter account about 40 minutes before the anti-corruption rally called by the Kremlin critic was set to start in the city center. (AP)

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Anti-Putin protesters detained

Police detain a protester during a demonstration in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 12, 2017. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Police detain a protester In Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 12, 2017. Demonstrators in Monday’s opposition protests across Russia say they are fed up with endemic corruption among officials. (Evgeny Feldman/AP)

Riot police stand guard next to children in a stroller during an anti-corruption protest in central Moscow

Riot police stand guard next to children in a stroller during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia June 12, 2017. (Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Police detain a protester In Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 12, 2017. (Evgeny Feldman/AP)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

A young girl reacts after her friend was detained by police during a demonstration in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 12, 2017. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Police detain protesters during a demonstration in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 12, 2017. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

A performer dressed in a historical uniform takes part in a re-enactment festival which coincides with an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a man covered with Russian national flag during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a man during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a man during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a man dressed in a t-shirt depicting opposition leader Alexei Navalny, during the Navalny-led anti-corruption protest in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Servicemen of the Russian National Guard walk during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Servicemen of the Russian National Guard gather during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in central Moscow, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Demonstrators take part in an anti-corruption protest in central St. Petersburg, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Vaganov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest in central St. Petersburg, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Anton Vaganov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-corruption protest in central St. Petersburg, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Anton Vaganov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain demonstrators during an anti-corruption protest in central St. Petersburg, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Anton Vaganov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest in central St. Petersburg, Russia, June 12, 2017. (Anton Vaganov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain demonstrators during an anti-corruption protest in St. Petersburg, Russia June 12, 2017. (Anton Vaganov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest in St. Petersburg, Russia June 12, 2017. (Anton Vaganov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a man during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police pass demonstrators during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Anti-Putin protesters detained

Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest organised by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, Russia June 12, 2017. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)