Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Mrouza was arrested by police outside his home in Moscow on Monday.
He was due to remain in police custody overnight, his lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, said.
Mr. Kara-Mrouza is accused of resisting the authority, which means that he did not comply with a lawful order of a police officer, military officer or member of the internal security service. This offense carries a penalty of up to 15 days in prison. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a post on Twitter that Washington was “concerned about the arrest of the prominent civil society leader,” “closely monitoring the situation and calling for his immediate release.”
A well-known critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kara-Mrouza says he has twice survived mysterious poisonings which he attributes to Russia’s intelligence service.
According to the Bellingcat investigation organization, Kara-Mrouza has long been targeted by FSB agents who, according to her, were also involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
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