In Russia, a solidarity protest with the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny (Alexei Navalny), arrested hundreds of people. 413 people will be arrested in protests in 60 cities. This was reported by the Russian human rights organization OVD-Info, which recorded the number of arrests at political meetings.
The large-scale protests (more than one million people on the street) hoped by the team around Navani failed to materialize.
However, people took to the streets from Moscow to Magadan:
The demonstration started at around 7pm. The largest number of voters is expected to be in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the center of Moscow. Navalny’s team had asked them to demonstrate outside the Kremlin walls, but the police managed to stop the march with roadblocks.
Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh and one of his closest associates were arrested by police in Moscow in the morning. The Associated Press reported that, according to her lawyer, Jarmysh was accused of organizing an illegal meeting.
In St. Petersburg, when supporters of the opposition leader entered the Winter Palace, the police intervened. There, the protesters were blocked by the police. It is not clear how many people participated in the Russian protests in total.
Naval supporters demanded the release of the leader of the Russian opposition held in the criminal colony. They also hope that he will receive proper medical care.
According to doctors, Russians are currently in poor health. Three weeks ago, he went on a hunger strike. He was poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok last year-the Kremlin is believed to be behind the attack, but President Putin objected.
The Russian judiciary has taken the first step to label Navani’s Anti-Corruption Foundation and ban it as an extremist organization. Human rights groups say that would mean that those who support the foundation could face up to 10 years in prison.
Navalny’s treatment has also been condemned internationally. In the Netherlands, Navalny sympathizers also took to the streets tonight. In The Hague, about 60 people gathered on the plain. Amnesty International, the initiator of the protest, said the demonstration went smoothly.