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Russian opposition figure Navalny says he has been taken in for questioning by 12 police

Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, left, is detained by police after defying his house arrest to speak on Radio Echo Moskvy in Moscow, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny says he has paid the state for the electronic bracelet that he cut off to protest his house arrest. Navalny was convicted in late December of fraud and given a suspended sentence. But the court said he must remain under house arrest until his appeals are exhausted. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, left, is detained by police after defying his house arrest to speak on Radio Echo Moskvy in Moscow, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny says he has paid the state for the electronic bracelet that he cut off to protest his house arrest. Navalny was convicted in late December of fraud and given a suspended sentence. But the court said he must remain under house arrest until his appeals are exhausted. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

Anti-corruption campaigner and leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny says he has been taken in for questioning, escorted by a dozen police who met him outside his Moscow apartment building.

Navalny, a vehement foe of President Vladimir Putin, was convicted in late December of fraud and given a 3 ½-year suspended sentence. The court said that until his appeals are exhausted he must remain under house arrest.

He has been allowed to leave his home in recent days, but has been followed by law enforcement officers posted outside his door.

Navalny posted on Twitter that he was met Friday morning by 12 police officers and taken to the federal Investigative Committee, which had summoned him for questioning about his anti-corruption activities.