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World Russia: Almost 3,500 arrests in demonstrations supporting Alexeï Navalny

15:05  24 january  2021
15:05  24 january  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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media captionSupporters of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny protest against his arrest across Russia . Russian police have detained more than 3 ,000 people in a crackdown on protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny , monitors say. Tens of thousands of people defied a heavy police

Protest rallies in support of detained Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny were taking place across Russia on Saturday, in defiance of the authorities and, in some cases, extremely low temperatures.

RUSSIA-POLITICS-NAVALNY: Russia: Almost 3,500 arrests in demonstrations supporting Alexei Navalny

RUSSIE: PRÈS DE 3.500 ARRESTATIONS DANS LES MANIFESTATIONS SOUTENANT ALEXEÏ NAVALNY © Reuters / MAXIM SHEMETOV RUSSIA: NEARLY 3,500 ARRESTS IN SUPPORTING DEMONSTRATIONS ALEXEÏ NAVALNY

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The monitoring group OVD-Info said Sunday that 3,435 people had been arrested by Russian authorities on the sidelines of protests demanding the release of opponent Alexei Navalny held the day before.

Over 1,360 arrests have taken place in Moscow and 523 in St. Petersburg.

Alexei Navalny was arrested last Sunday and jailed for alleged violation of his parole, after returning to Russia for the first time since being poisoned by a nerve agent. Anticipating a probable arrest, he had urged, before his return, his supporters to participate in repeated demonstrations.

Authorities had warned potential participants of the risk of catching COVID-19 and being sued and jailed, if they gathered.

Demonstrations were nevertheless held in more than a hundred cities, despite extreme temperatures, which in Siberia approached -50 degrees Celsius.

The United States and the European Union denounced the "harsh tactics" and "disproportionate use of force" of the police against the demonstrators and demanded their release.

(Anton Zverev and Andrew Osborn, French version Caroline Pailliez)

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