More than 3,000 arrested in protests across Russia

Russian police have detained more than 3,000 people in a crackdown on protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, monitors say.

Tens of thousands of people defied a heavy police presence to join some of the largest rallies against President Vladimir Putin in years.

In Moscow, riot police were seen beating and dragging away protesters.

Mr Navalny, President Putin's most high-profile critic, called for protests after his arrest last Sunday.

He was detained after he flew back to Moscow from Berlin, where he had been recovering from a near-fatal nerve agent attack in Russia last August.