It is an unexpected means of defense, although perfectly suited to the Russian winter. Protesters, who took part in a rally in support of the opponent Alexei Navalny on Saturday January 23 in Moscow, attacked the police by bombarding him with snowballs. The scene was filmed by a reporter from Mediazona, a news site launched by two members of the protest group Pussy Riot (in English).
У цирка на Трубной полицейских забросали снежками, те явно растерялись
Видео: Юля Сугуева / Медиазона pic.twitter.com/QRkpJygSfN
– Медиазона (@mediazzzona) January 23, 2021
Tens of thousands of people took part in demonstrations across the country that day demanding the release of Alexei Navalny. In the capital, anti-riot forces arrested at least 952 people, according to the specialist NGO OVD Info, which had recorded 2,509 arrests throughout Russian territory.
Placed in pre-trial detention and targeted by several legal proceedings, Alexeï Navalny, 44, was arrested on January 17, upon his return from Germany, after five months of convalescence following an alleged poisoning of which he accuses the Kremlin.