Russia detains over 1,000 at Navalny protests

Police have detained more than a thousand people at Sunday's rallies across Russia to protest the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Hundreds were detained at rallies in Siberia and Russia's Far East.

More were held as protesters took to the streets in Moscow.

Police in Moscow detained at least 100 people as the rallies began under snowfall amid a huge police presence, Reuters reporters said.

Crowds of protesters were scattered about in Moscow after the organizers twice changed the planned gathering point

Police took highly unusual steps to seal off pedestrian access to areas of the capital and shut down metro stations.

Police put turnout at the Moscow protest at around 300 people.

The rallies follow large protests last weekend and are part of a campaign to pressure the Kremlin into freeing President Putin's most prominent opponent.

The opposition politician was arrested on January 17th after returning to Moscow from Germany where he'd been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning in Russia last summer.

He accuses Putin of ordering his murder, which the Kremlin denies.