Hundreds of his supporters joined a nationwide day of protest against the authorities on Sunday, calling on voters to boycott what they said would be a rigged presidential poll on March 18 and is likely to Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin until 2024.
"Your life is at stake," Navalny told supporters in a video address released ahead of the rally. "How many more years do you want to live with these thieves, bigots and perverts in power? We've already endured this for 18 years," reported the Guardian.
Rallies are reportedly planned in more than 100 towns and cities, some with permission from local authorities.
Navalny, an anti-corruption lawyer and opposition activist, is widely considered to be the only real challenger to President Vladimir Putin's rule, but has been barred from running in the March 18 election.(ANI)