Alexei Navalny: Thousands across Russia defy ban on protests


Thousands of people around Russia have joined unauthorised rallies to protest against the detention of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.


They are calling for Navalny, who has been on hunger strike for weeks, to receive proper medical care. More than 1,000 people were reportedly arrested.


Navalny, 44, was jailed in February and is demanding medical attention for acute back pain and leg numbness.