The United States condemns Russia’s “brutal tactics” against opposition protesters, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today, calling for the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. ” The United States condemns Russia’s continued use of brutal tactics against peaceful protesters and journalists for the second consecutive week and renews its call for the release of detainees, including Alexei Navalny,” said Antony Bliken, on Twitter.
Russian police on Sunday unveiled a major device and closed access to the center of several cities to face new protests across the country, demanding the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. According to the organization OVD-Info, which specializes in monitoring demonstrations in Russia, at least 1,643 arrests were made in 70 cities, but mainly in Moscow (338).
The new protests take place in the context of a new presentation by Alexei Navalny before the judges, scheduled for next week.
The opponent has been the target of multiple lawsuits since his return to Russia on January 17, which Navalny considers to be politically motivated.
Today’s protests follow those carried out last weekend, which brought together tens of thousands of protesters, of which resulted in more than 4,000 arrests and the opening of about 20 criminal cases.