Massive protests held across Russia in support of Alexei Navalny and more than 2,000 people have been arrested during nationwide demonstrations. Alexei Navalny, who is an opposition leader and critic of President Vladimir Putin, thousands have taken to the streets of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and cities across the country to demand the release of Navalny, who was arrested on January 17 upon his return to Moscow from Germany. He is still in custody and is due to appear in court in early February.
The live updates on Russian protests are available on Twitter.
Alexei Navalny was jailed this week upon his defiant return to Russia that has taken the Russians nationwide to the streets of at least 85 cities. Saturday’s nationwide demonstrations in Russia are set to test the strength of his support at home after his poisoning sparked the Western sanctions and condemnation against Moscow.
The Russian authorities had taken strict measures to prevent the on-stage nationwide demonstrations in Russia and sent out strong warnings against attending the protests, which have not received the required government authorization. There are reports that several of Navalny’s allies were jailed or fined ahead of Saturday’s events, while Russia’s state media watchdog also ordered to stop promoting the social media posts related to Saturday’s event and the rallies to be taken down.
According to independent police monitor OVD-Info, 855 detentions are in Moscow alone, at least 2,432 people have been detained in 937 cities nationwide.
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