In Russia, tens of thousands of Navalny supporters are protesting for the release of the opposition politician. More than 2,000 people were arrested.
- In Russia, people across the country are protesting against the The Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is arrested (see first report).
- According to a civil rights movement, over 2,000 people have already been arrested (see update from January 23, 5.45 p.m.).
- Navalny’s wife Julia Navalnaya, who was also arrested, but was released.
Update from January 23, 5:35 p.m .: Julia Navalnaya, the wife of the prisoner Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, was released by Moscow police on Saturday afternoon. This is confirmed by media reports as well as sources from the family Navalny be close. Navalnaya was on Saturday in Police custody taken for attending a demonstration calling for her husband’s release.
Alexej Navalny: Tens of thousands demonstrate nationwide for the release of the Krem critic
In whole Russia Tens of thousands of people took to the streets against the arrest of Navalny and the policies of Russia’s President Wladimir Putin to demonstrate. There were also violent clashes between Protesters and the police. The Human rights organization OWD spoke of at least 2131 on Saturday night Arrests nationwide. However, the police operations would continue.
Alexei Navalny, the one attack with that Neurotoxin Novichok barely survived last year, returned at the beginning of January after his treatment in Germany Russia back. The 44-year-old was arrested at the airport when he arrived and has been in police custody ever since.
Update from January 23, 2:15 p.m .: Also Alexei Navalny’s mother is said to be involved in the protest action in Russia. The Kremlin critic’s team posted shortly before the arrest became known Julia Navalnajas a photo of her. Navalny faces several criminal trials and many years in prison. The civil rights movement OWD now counts more than 1,000 arrests nationwide during the protests. These are also targeted against Wladimir Putinafter the Navalny team recently released an unveiling video to prove that Putin used bribes to build a “tsarist empire” on the Black Sea.
Alexei Navalny’s wife: Julia Navalnaya arrested in Moscow – mail from prisoner car
Update from January 23, 1:50 p.m .: Alexei Navalny’s wife Julia Navalnaya was arrested during the protests for the release of the Kremlin critic. “Please excuse the poor picture quality,” she wrote on Saturday to an Instagram post she published. The lighting conditions are very bad. The photo shows her in a prisoner transport.
Update from January 23, 1:20 p.m .: The Russia-wide protests for the release of the detainee Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have reached the capital Moscow. Police arrested several demonstrators on Saturday afternoon, including a reporter from German press agency reported on site. Also Navalny’s closest colleague, the lawyer Lyubow Sobol, was arrested. The thousands of protesters included many young and middle-class people. In contrast to unauthorized rallies in the past, the central Pushkin Square was not cordoned off in large areas. Activists complained about the internet being throttled.
“Putin is a thief”shouted the people in Moscow – just like before in many other cities in the country, where the protests took place several hours earlier than in the capital due to the time difference. Nationwide, the civil rights organization OWD counted 369 arrests by the afternoon. But there were also reports from security forces that did not intervene, but let the people march. The Russian authorities are threatening heavy fines for participating in the unauthorized rallies on Saturday. Numerous supporters of the opposition politician had already been arrested in the past few days.
Protests in Russia: People demonstrate against the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny
First report from January 23, 11 a.m .: Moscow – When Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny returned to Russia after a month-long stay, he was immediately arrested. Now he is supposed to serve a 30-day prison sentence after a controversial urgent procedure. But resistance is forming against it. Inside and outside the country. Russia has supported the protests Release of the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny * forbid interference from abroad. The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the US embassy in Moscow in a statement, which had listed several demonstrations planned for Saturday with exact meeting points and times. Under the guise of concerns about the safety of US citizens abroad, Washington wants to fuel the protests in Russia, criticized Moscow.
Navalny’s followers called for protests in more than 90 Russian cities this Saturday. They are calling for the release of Putin’s opponent, who was sentenced to 30 days in prison on Monday in a controversial urgent procedure. He is said to have violated reporting requirements in previous criminal proceedings while he was recovering from a poison attack in Germany. Navalny and his team see the judiciary’s actions as politically motivated.
Navalny protests in Russia: Kremlin critics sentenced to imprisonment – already 125 arrests in counter-demos
That counted until Saturday noon Moscow time Civil rights organization OWD already 125 arrests in cities where the protests were scheduled several hours earlier than in the capital due to the time difference. In many places, however, the police did not intervene, as can be seen on videos on social networks. In the Siberian city of Tomsk, where Navalny in August Victim of an attack with the neurotoxin Novichok people are said to have gathered for the largest unauthorized demonstration in years. Navalny does Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin * and the domestic secret service FSB responsible for the attack. Putin and the FSB reject that.
Navalny’s supporters spoke of thousands of demonstrators in Khabarovsk, Irkutsk and Novosibirsk. The crowd chanted “We have the power” and “Putin is a thief”. At the beginning of the week, Nawalny’s team published a highly acclaimed unveiling video entitled “A Palace for Putin”, which is supposed to prove that the president had a “tsarist empire” built on the Black Sea with bribes. The Kremlin describes the allegations as a “lie”. The authorities are threatening heavy penalties for attending the unauthorized rallies. Numerous supporters of the opposition politician had already been arrested in the past few days. (dpa)