Hundreds of people have been arrested during protests calling for the release of Russian Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, according to police.
According to ABC News, supporters of Russian opposition leader “Alexei Navalny” took to the streets again yesterday, Sunday, in about 100 cities.
The demonstrators demanded the release of the Kremlin critic. Some observers said that the protests turned out to be larger than the previous weekend, when hundreds of thousands had participated.
The Owd-Info portal listed more than 5,100 arrests nationwide overnight. According to the report, most of the arrests of more than 1,600 were in the capital, Moscow, with police putting the number at around 1,000.
Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell ill Aug. 20, 2020, during a domestic flight from Tomsk to Moscow and was taken to a hospital in Germany under international pressure.
Western countries, particularly Germany, alleged that Moscow had poisoned Navalny with the toxic gas Novichuk. Moscow strongly denied the accusation.
Navalny returned to Moscow last week and was arrested on misconduct charges.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent – EuroNews