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Guardian News published this video item, entitled “Russia: 1500 people detained at rallies calling for Alexei Navalny’s release” – below is their description.
Tens of thousands of Russians have rallied in cities across the country in a last-ditch effort to secure the freedom of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Pro-Navalny demonstrations had been called in more than 100 cities in response to reports of his declining health during a hunger strike in prison.
At least 1,500 people have been arrested nationwide, with nearly half of them in St Petersburg.
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