Moscow turned black with protesters, Navalny's wife was arrested (VIDEO)

Moscow turned black with protesters, Navalny's wife was arrested.

At least 40,000 people gathered in central Moscow today to protest in support of detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, according to Reuters reporters. Police said about 10 times fewer demonstrators.

Authorities said protests in the capital and a dozen other Russian cities were illegal, and police detained 1,090 people today, according to the human rights media project OVD-Info, which tracks demonstrations in the country, AFP reported. However, the number of detainees is constantly growing.

Among the nearly 10,000 people at the rally in the center of Moscow, AFP journalists witnessed brutal arrests and clashes between police and protesters, the agency said.

Police have also detained activist Lyubov Sobol, an ally of Navalny, Reuters reported, citing an eyewitness.

Moscow turned black with protesters, Navalny's wife was arrested

Julia, the wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, also said she was detained by police in Moscow during the demonstration, AFP and TASS reported.

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