WATCH: Russian police and military locking down cities to isolate Navalny allies ahead of protests.

Moscow, Russia — Moscow police have paralysed the centre of the Russian capital as protests in support of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny continued for a second consecutive weekend.

More than 1,000 people – including Navalny’s wife Yulia Navalnaya, according to Reuters – were detained at rallies across the country as supporters of the Kremlin critic took to the streets to protest against his jailing, despite biting cold and the threat of arrest.

Taking unprecedented security measures, riot police and national guards troops shut down central metro stations in Moscow and blocked off downtown avenues to prevent a repeat of last week’s record protests.

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