Published: Wed, February 03, 2021

Hundreds arrested amid protests demanding Navalny's release

Hundreds arrested amid protests demanding Navalny's release

The OVD-Info monitor said 2,291 people had been detained, including 520 in Moscow and 242 in Saint Petersburg, as protests continued in both cities despite a massive police clampdown.

Other videos show riot police storming into protestors with baton charges.

The organization announced this in a statement related on Sunday, January 31, according to Voice of America's Russian service. "The police don't think about law at all", he said.

Police warned before the protests that they were illegal, and last weekend around 4,000 people were arrested. "I would like to live differently", she said.

"We renew our call for Russian Federation to release those detained for exercising their human rights", he added. "Police must stop using unlawful force and instead uphold their obligation to protect the human rights of Russian people", she added.

Thousands of people took to the streets Sunday across Russian Federation to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, keeping up the wave of nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin.

Several thousand were seen marching throughout the city centre, but it was unclear amid the chaos how many people took part in the demonstration.

Police in Moscow went to the flat of Anastasia Vasilyeva, head of the Russia's Doctors Alliance trade union and a close ally of Navalny, late on Wednesday.

Mr Navalny's wife Yulia posted a picture of her family on Instagram on Sunday, urging supporters to make their voices heard.

President Vladimir Putin does not take well to direct open challenges to his authority, and Mr Navalny is now Mr Putin's most prominent opponent.

The opposition politician was arrested on Jan 17 after returning to Moscow from Germany, where he had been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning in Russian Federation last summer. Eleven were detained in Tomsk, the Siberian city that Navalny visited before suddenly collapsing on a domestic flight last August, OVD-Info said.

And when it became clear the downtown area was off-limits, one of Navalny aides who's outside the country started tweeting the locations of other rallying points around the city, including the prison where he's now being held.

Protests were fueled by a two-hour YouTube video released by Mr. Navalny's team after his arrest about the Black Sea residence purportedly built for Mr. Putin.

Ahead of the protest in Moscow, authorities sealed off the city center with hundreds of police and steel barriers and closed some metro stations, effectively shutting down the heart of the capital in a step many residents said was unprecedented.

The Interior Ministry has issued stern warnings to the public not to join the protests, saying participants could be charged with taking part in mass riots, which carries a prison sentence of up to eight years. Protesters said the Putin regime is the only reason they still remain outside of their own country. And on Sunday, oligarch and Putin's former judo partner Arkady Rotenberg abruptly came forward claiming the palace was his and it was actually meant to be a hotel. He was transferred to a Berlin hospital two days later.

Labs in Germany, France and Sweden, and tests by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, established that he was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent. A court is due to meet next week to consider handing him a jail term of up to three and a half years. What can you tell us?

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