Russia Navalny protests today: Latest news as Yulia’s wife is among her supporters

Russia Navalny protests today: Latest news as Yulia’s wife is among her supporters

“Hundreds arrested” in pro-Navy protests across Russia

Alexey Navalny’s wife was arrested along with 3,000 others as protesters across Russia demanded the release of the imprisoned opposition politician.

Yulia Navalnaya joined a march in Moscow – where police closed pedestrian access in the regions and closed metro stations – as she counted out of 500 detainees.

Rallies are taking place across the country for the second weekend in a row after the opposition leader was arrested earlier this month upon his return to the capital, after spending months in Germany recovering from poisoning.

Authorities have warned that gatherings are unauthorized and will be dispersed, as they were last weekend – when, according to OVD-Info, more than 4,000 people were arrested, and tens of thousands took to the streets.

The demonstrations took place hundreds of miles away, as protesters gathered in support of Navalny in cities in Siberia, as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Mr. Navalny is accused of committing conditional release violations that he claimed were fabricated. A court is scheduled to meet next week to consider his sentence of up to three and a half years in prison.

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Bloody scenes

Our correspondent in Moscow, Oliver Carroll, Posted a video of the police taking out a bloody protest.

“The St. Petersburg police have a bad reputation, and today they are no exception,” he says.

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“brutal”

Videos circulating on social media show police beating protesters:

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A man sets himself on fire – Interfax

A news agency reported that a man set himself on fire in Moscow:

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Very funny – and brave

In St. Petersburg, protesters were filmed applauding as the police made a noise:

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Protests across the country

Thousands protested across vast Russia today, including:

In the capital, hundreds marched through the city center.

Crowds chanted, “Putin quit!” And Putin, a thief! “Referring to a luxury property on the Black Sea said to have been built for the Russian leader, which was featured in a widely popular video released by Alexei Navalny’s team.

The demonstrators later moved to Matroskaya Tishina Prison where Mr. Navalny is being held, but riot police greeted them and pushed the march back and chased the protesters across the squares.

Demonstrators participate in a protest in support of Alexei Navalny in Moscow

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It was in this city in East Siberia that one of the largest gatherings was organized, with thousands of people marching through the city.

More than 100 protesters were arrested.

An estimated 2,000 participated in a march through Russia’s second largest city.

Clashes erupted from time to time, as some demonstrators pushed police forces, who tried to make arrests.

Law enforcement officers block protesters during a rally in support of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St. Petersburg

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A rally in support of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg

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In the easternmost port city on the Pacific Ocean, at least 120 people were arrested after protesters danced in the ice and rallied in the city center.

Riot police arrest a man during a rally in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

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Additional reports from the AP

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Navalny is arrested

Thousands have taken to the streets in Russia for the second weekend in a row to protest the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Police detained a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin in mid-January after he returned to Moscow five months after suffering near-fatal poisoning. He accuses Putin of ordering his death, which the Kremlin denies.

Upon his return, Navalny was imprisoned for 30 days at the request of the Russian Prison Service, which alleged he violated the probation period for his suspended sentence of his 2014 money laundering conviction which he dismissed as political revenge.

A court is scheduled to meet next week to consider his sentence of up to three and a half years in prison.

Here is what happened when he was arrested after arriving in Moscow earlier this month:

Additional reports from the AP

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More than 2000 detainees – a control group

Russian police have detained more than 2,100 people so far in unauthorized protests across the country on Sunday, according to the protest watch group.

OVD-Info regularly updates its numbers online, the big number in red on this site:

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The second weekend of the protests

Rallies are being held across the country for the second weekend in a row to demand the release of Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned opposition leader.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in dozens of cities last weekend to protest the poisoning and imprisonment of the Kremlin critic.

Journalists and photographers were among the thousands arrested across the country, often violently, by Saturday evening, according to the protest watch group OVD-Info.

Oliver Carroll I mentioned about the protests last weekend:

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Protesters are making ice

In Russia’s Far East, demonstrators showed their support for Alexei Navalny while on the ice:

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