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Russia: Navalny protest continues into the night as commission says 600 detained at Moscow rally 02:27

Russia: Navalny protest continues into the night as commission says 600 detained at Moscow rally

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 23, 2021 at 20:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia’s public Social Monitoring Commission (ONK) reported of more than 600 protesters detained in Moscow during Saturday’s unauthorised protests demanding the release from jail of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Confrontations between riot police and those demonstrating in support of Navalny were seen on Saturday evening. Law enforcement officers also blocked off areas of the capital and took detained protesters to police vans. Later on, protesters arrived at the ‘Matrosskaya Tishina’ detention facility in the north-east of the Russian capital, where Navalny is serving his 30-day prison term. Riot police dispersed the crowd, chasing protesters along the street. 

Earlier in the day, police were seen helping one local man find his child after she became lost in the crowd. 

The Russian Investigative Committee reports of a number of criminal cases opened into ‘violence against an authority,’ ‘hooliganism’ and ‘deliberate damage of property.’

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

On Monday, Navalny was jailed until February 15 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: Navalny protest continues into the night as commission says 600 detained at Moscow rally 02:27
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Russia’s public Social Monitoring Commission (ONK) reported of more than 600 protesters detained in Moscow during Saturday’s unauthorised protests demanding the release from jail of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Confrontations between riot police and those demonstrating in support of Navalny were seen on Saturday evening. Law enforcement officers also blocked off areas of the capital and took detained protesters to police vans. Later on, protesters arrived at the ‘Matrosskaya Tishina’ detention facility in the north-east of the Russian capital, where Navalny is serving his 30-day prison term. Riot police dispersed the crowd, chasing protesters along the street. 

Earlier in the day, police were seen helping one local man find his child after she became lost in the crowd. 

The Russian Investigative Committee reports of a number of criminal cases opened into ‘violence against an authority,’ ‘hooliganism’ and ‘deliberate damage of property.’

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

On Monday, Navalny was jailed until February 15 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.