Police raid Russian opposition leader's HQ as protests arise

Police raid Russian opposition leader's HQ as protests arise
A demonstrator with a Russian national flag wrapped in his shoulders shouts slogans during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Opposition politician Alexey Navalny calls for nationwide protests following Russia's Central Election Commission's decision to ban his presidential candidacy. (AP Photo/Aleksander Khitrov)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia police have raided the Moscow office of opposition leader Alexei Navalny as demonstrations calling for a boycott of Russia’s presidential election take place across the country.

A video stream Sunday morning from Navalny’s headquarters showed police entering the office. One broadcaster on the stream said police apparently were using a grinder to try to get access to the broadcast studio.

The anchors said police say they had come because of a bomb threat.

Navalny, who has been blocked from running in Russia’s March 18 presidential election, called for nationwide protests on Sunday.

Sizeable gatherings have been reported Sunday in the Far East and Siberia, including Vladivostok, and more are set for Moscow and St. Petersburg in the afternoon.