Tributes to Alexei Navalny, Putin's greatest nemesis, are removed from Russian cities while police watch. 

Floral tributes to Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's toughest critic who died Friday in a Russian jail colony, were removed overnight by gangs of unknown individuals while police watched, according to footage posted on Russian social media networks. 

According to OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political persecution in Russia, more than 100 individuals were held in eight places throughout the country after coming to lay flowers in remembrance of Navalny. 

According to Russia's prison authorities, he was serving a 19-year term in an Arctic correctional camp. 

OVD-Info said that on Saturday, police restricted entry to a monument in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk and arrested several individuals. 

Flowers were removed from monuments honoring victims of Soviet-era repressions around Russia, according to videos and photographs uploaded on Russian social media networks. 

A huge group took flowers overnight from a monument outside Russia's Federal Security Service headquarters in Moscow, as police watched, according to footage. 

But by dawn, additional blossoms had bloomed 

The announcement of Navalny's death comes less than a month before an election that will give Putin another six years in office. 

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