Hundreds detained in Russia during protests over Aleksei Navalny’s arrest

Source: Hepta

About 1,000 people were detained in Russian cities on Saturday during protests over the arrest of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny.

Opposition protests are taking place in dozens of cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk and Cita.

About 1,000 protesters were detained, according to the latest report announced by OVD-Info.

“Freedom for Navalny!”, “Freedom for political detainees!” Chanted the protesters.

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement took place in Moscow, where about 10,000 protesters gathered, and in the Russian Far East city of Vladivostok.

Russian dissident Aleksei Navalny was arrested a week ago, on his return to Russia after being treated in Germany following the neurotoxic attack in August 2020. A court has ruled that Aleksei Navalny be detained for 30 days. The Russian Penitentiary Service reported that Aleksei Navalny violated the terms of a suspended sentence. Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for theft, a 2014 case that the dissident considers politically motivated. A deadline for judicial review expired on December 30, 2020, and Navalny should have gone to a courtroom. In addition, the Russian Investigative Committee recently announced that Aleksei Navalny is under investigation for “large-scale fraud.” The leader of the Russian opposition is suspected of having used for personal purposes funds collected for the civic organizations he leads, the value of the alleged fraud being 356 million rubles (3.9 million euros). Aleksei Navalny leads several non-governmental organizations for human rights and the fight against corruption.

Also in recent days, allies of the Russian opposition leader, including Liubov Sobol, have been detained.

The Vladimir Putin administration has announced that it will not tolerate unauthorized rallies.

(source: AFP)

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