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Russia: Moscow police detain Navalny supporters as thousands gather for unauthorised protest05:00

Russia: Moscow police detain Navalny supporters as thousands gather for unauthorised protest

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 23, 2021 at 15:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters gathered for an unauthorised rally in Moscow, Saturday to demand the release of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Some protesters were seen holding banners reading, ‘Navalny’ and ‘I am not afraid.’ Later on scattered clashes broke out between riot police and protesters across the city centre, with numerous protesters being detained. Police vans, metal fences and lines of riot police were seen preventing the protesters from moving across the city. 

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 called on supporters to join demonstrations in dozens of Russian cities on Saturday.

Russian police have warned against attendance at unsanctioned rallies, citing restrictions on public gatherings due to the pandemic.

On Monday, Navalny was jailed for 30 days for breaching parole conditions of a suspended sentence from a 2014 embezzlement conviction. Navalny said the court ruling held inside the police station was a ‘mockery.’ His parole review hearing is currently scheduled to take place on January 29.

Russia: Moscow police detain Navalny supporters as thousands gather for unauthorised protest05:00
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Thousands of protesters gathered for an unauthorised rally in Moscow, Saturday to demand the release of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Some protesters were seen holding banners reading, ‘Navalny’ and ‘I am not afraid.’ Later on scattered clashes broke out between riot police and protesters across the city centre, with numerous protesters being detained. Police vans, metal fences and lines of riot police were seen preventing the protesters from moving across the city. 

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 called on supporters to join demonstrations in dozens of Russian cities on Saturday.

Russian police have warned against attendance at unsanctioned rallies, citing restrictions on public gatherings due to the pandemic.

On Monday, Navalny was jailed for 30 days for breaching parole conditions of a suspended sentence from a 2014 embezzlement conviction. Navalny said the court ruling held inside the police station was a ‘mockery.’ His parole review hearing is currently scheduled to take place on January 29.