Demonstrations against Navalny’s detention took place in more than 100 Russian cities on Sunday, January 31, according to the team of position leader Alexei Navalny. This is an extraordinary opportunity for demonstrations at this level in Russia’s recent history. A monitoring group says police have so far arrested more than 2,700 people involved in the protests.
Anti-Putin protests in favor of Navalny, hundreds arrested
Anti-Putin protests in Russia’s eastern province
Russian authorities have made strong arrangements to control the protests, but the number of people involved in the protests since last week is very high.
The protests are the largest in Russia’s recent history, according to the Associated Press.
According to the AP, thousands of people are on the streets despite threats of imprisonment, claims of action against social media groups and blockades by the police.
Navalny, a 44-year-old opposition leader, opposes Putin. He was detained on January 27 after arriving in Russia from Germany. Navalny was brought to Germany in critical condition, and Germany alleged that Navalny had been given the nerve-attacking chemical compound Novachok.
Russian officials have denied the allegations.
After undergoing treatment in Germany, Navalny was arrested on charges that he had to meet with Russian authorities after being discharged from a hospital in Germany under parole, but he declined requests for a meeting. The United States has called on Russia to release Navalny immediately. The United States has also criticized crackdowns on anti-government protesters.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blankenship said in a Twitter message that the United States condemned the crackdown on peaceful protesters and journalists in Russia for the second week in a row.
Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army. ” In the wake of the protests, Moscow has become the center of the city, while all subway stations on the outskirts of the Kremlin have been closed.
Nearby restaurants and shops have also been closed.
Navalny’s team initially called for a protest outside the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters, as the agency is being held responsible for poisoning Navalny. Libyanka blockaded the square, after which the protesters spread to other streets and alleys.