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Russia: Dozens arrested as Navalny supporters rally across the country 03:11

Russia: Dozens arrested as Navalny supporters rally across the country

Russian Federation, Various locations
January 23, 2021 at 12:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of supporters of jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny were arrested in demonstrations for his release across Russia on Saturday. The rallies were not authorised on the grounds of the ongoing pandemic, according to officials.

Footage shows protests in Vladivostok, Chita, Barnaul, Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk while the largest demonstration took place in Moscow.

Navalny was detained on January 17 upon his return to Russia from Germany, where he spent nearly five months recovering from an alleged Novichok nerve agent attack.

After Navalny’s arrest his associates have called on people to join the demonstrations in dozens of Russian cities on Saturday. 

On Monday, January 18, the anti-corruption campaigner was jailed for 30 days for breaching parole conditions of a suspended sentence from a 2014 embezzlement conviction. Navalny said the court ruling held in a police station was a "mockery". His parole review hearing is currently scheduled to take place on February 2.

Russia: Dozens arrested as Navalny supporters rally across the country 03:11
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Dozens of supporters of jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny were arrested in demonstrations for his release across Russia on Saturday. The rallies were not authorised on the grounds of the ongoing pandemic, according to officials.

Footage shows protests in Vladivostok, Chita, Barnaul, Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk while the largest demonstration took place in Moscow.

Navalny was detained on January 17 upon his return to Russia from Germany, where he spent nearly five months recovering from an alleged Novichok nerve agent attack.

After Navalny’s arrest his associates have called on people to join the demonstrations in dozens of Russian cities on Saturday. 

On Monday, January 18, the anti-corruption campaigner was jailed for 30 days for breaching parole conditions of a suspended sentence from a 2014 embezzlement conviction. Navalny said the court ruling held in a police station was a "mockery". His parole review hearing is currently scheduled to take place on February 2.