Thousands of people across Russia demonstrated to protest the arrest of the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. It has been announced that more than 1,700 people from the crowd that called Navalny, who has been on hunger strike for weeks, for appropriate medical care, have been detained.
Police detained more than 1,700 demonstrators during demonstrations for the release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from prison and receiving appropriate medical care.
After the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny started a hunger strike in prison 3 weeks ago and was hospitalized in prison, Navalny supporters took to the streets in many cities of Russia.
Supporters of the opposition leader held demonstrations in several cities, demonstrated in dozens of Russian cities, and the largest rallies were held in Moscow.
Despite all the warnings of the Russian Interior Ministry that the demonstrations were illegal, the demonstrators protested the arrest of Navalny by shouting “Freedom to Navalny, get out Putin”.
The OVD-Bilgi monitoring group, which monitors those detained in the opposition protests, said police detained “more than 1,783 people in 97 cities” on Thursday morning.
While attending unauthorized demonstrations in Russia could result in fines or several days’ imprisonment, most of the arrests (805) took place in Saint Petersburg, where police violently dispersed the crowd with shock sticks.
Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s press secretary, was sentenced to 10 days in prison for calling people to attend unauthorized rallies while she was among those detained.
Navalny’s deputy, Lyubov Sobol, was reportedly detained before the meeting in Moscow, and will be taken to court today.
The protesters claiming that Navalny had been arrested for political reasons took to the streets of more than 75 cities of the country today, and the number of their detentions reached almost a thousand by the evening hours. In the western cities of the country, demonstrators had landed on the streets as of 19:00.
The western cities of Russia, St. In the cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow, activity started in the evening. Police blocked the area around the Kremlin Palace, blocking the entrances and exits.
Protesters gathered in Pushkin Square and nearby streets and started demonstrations. Moscow and St. While the police intervened in the demonstrations in St. Petersburg, it has been announced that a total of 1,400 people have been detained across the country so far.
While demonstrations continue throughout Russia, Russian police continue to warn the demonstrators to disperse.