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Russia: Navalny supporters detained at rally in St. Petersburg04:20

Russia: Navalny supporters detained at rally in St. Petersburg

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
January 23, 2021 at 19:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters gathered in St. Petersburg for an unauthorised rally to call for the release of opposition figure Alexei Navalny on Saturday.

Protesters were seen gathered on Senatskaya Square in central St. Petersburg. Some were detained by law enforcement officers and escorted to police buses parked nearby. Police officers could also be seen demanding participants stop the unsanctioned rally and clear the area amid scuffles and confrontations. The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into an attack on traffic patrol police officers at Senatskaya Square. 

In the evening a number of people were detained at the Nevsky Avenue next to the Gostiny Dvor mall, as seen in the footage. The exact number of those detained remains unknown. 

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 till 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 supporters detained at rally in St. Petersburg04:20
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Protesters gathered in St. Petersburg for an unauthorised rally to call for the release of opposition figure Alexei Navalny on Saturday.

Protesters were seen gathered on Senatskaya Square in central St. Petersburg. Some were detained by law enforcement officers and escorted to police buses parked nearby. Police officers could also be seen demanding participants stop the unsanctioned rally and clear the area amid scuffles and confrontations. The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into an attack on traffic patrol police officers at Senatskaya Square. 

In the evening a number of people were detained at the Nevsky Avenue next to the Gostiny Dvor mall, as seen in the footage. The exact number of those detained remains unknown. 

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 till 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.