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France: Navalny supporters rally in Paris to call for his release02:16

France: Navalny supporters rally in Paris to call for his release

France, Paris
January 24, 2021 at 00:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of protesters gathered in Paris on Saturday to demand the release of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Dozens of supporters of the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny joined the rally, mirroring protests which took place across Russia and in some European cities, asking for the politician's release after he was detained on January 17 following his arrival in Russia from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from an alleged Novichok nerve agent attack.

"Alexei Navalny is in prison at the moment in Russia. We cannot assist in the demonstration in all the big cities of Russia, we live and work in Paris. So we come here to give our opinion on the situation in Moscow, Russia," explained a protester.

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.

Similar protests took place in dozens of Russian cities, as well as in Berlin, Amsterdam and Tallinn on Saturday.

France: Navalny supporters rally in Paris to call for his release02:16
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Dozens of protesters gathered in Paris on Saturday to demand the release of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Dozens of supporters of the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny joined the rally, mirroring protests which took place across Russia and in some European cities, asking for the politician's release after he was detained on January 17 following his arrival in Russia from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from an alleged Novichok nerve agent attack.

"Alexei Navalny is in prison at the moment in Russia. We cannot assist in the demonstration in all the big cities of Russia, we live and work in Paris. So we come here to give our opinion on the situation in Moscow, Russia," explained a protester.

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.

Similar protests took place in dozens of Russian cities, as well as in Berlin, Amsterdam and Tallinn on Saturday.