Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said, on Sunday January 28, a massive police presence will not prevent him from joining the nationwide day of protest against the authorities.
Navalny and his supporters have called on voters to boycott what they said was a rigged presidential election on March 18. Speaking in a pre-protest video Navalny said there was massive police presence around his apartment but this will not deter him from joining the protest. It was unclear where Navalny was during the recording.
Earlier on Sunday, police forced their way into Navalny's office and started questioning and searching people, citing reports of a bomb, an online feed run by Navalny's supporters showed.
Police shut down a TV studio at the office which had been broadcasting online news bulletins, but another studio in a different location continued to operate.
Police detained six of Navalny's supporters at the Moscow studio and around 16 protesters in other parts of Russia, OVD-Info, an independent monitoring group, said.