Russia protests: Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Alexey Navalny, detained in Moscow

“Yulia Navalnaya was detained at the protest! Freedom for the Navalnys!” stated a tweet from Navalny’s group.

According to OVD-Info, an independent website that keeps an eye on arrests, 1,643 individuals have actually been apprehended up until now throughout Russia over the unauthorized demonstrations. This number is anticipated to increase.

Fans of Navalny, who’s now remained in custody for 2 weeks, stated they were preparing across the country demonstrations in a minimum of 120 cities, with each due to begin at midday regional time because city. The nation covers 11 timezones.

Protesters in Moscow prepared to march down to the Matrosskaya Tishina detention center where Navalny is being held in custody, according to a CNN group on the ground. Regional authorities were closing city stops one after another leading up to the detention center in the city’s northeastern Sokolniki area.

Prior to her reported detention, Yulia Navalnaya published a photo on Instagram revealing her taking part in a demonstration in the location. “It’s great in Sokolniki today!” Navalnaya stated in the caption, along with an image revealing her, hands raised, followed by a column of individuals.

Navalny was apprehended on January 17, minutes after getting here in Moscow, following months of treatment in Germany after being poisoned in August 2020 with nerve representative Novichok. He blamed the poisoning on the Russian federal government, a claims the Kremlin has actually consistently rejected.

The political leader is presently in custody ahead of a court hearing on February 2 where a court will choose whether his suspended sentence on scams charges in a 2014 embezzlement case ought to be transformed into a prison term due to what Russian authorities state is the offense of the regards to his suspended sentence.

On Thursday, Navalny appeared by video link from Matrosskaya Tishina at a court hearing at which his appeal versus his detention ahead of next week’s hearing was turned down.

Speaking at that hearing, Navalny advised protesters to keep coming out. “They are the last barrier that prevents those in power from stealing everything. They are the real patriots,” he stated. “You will not be able to intimidate us — we are the majority.”

Live video feeds and social networks videos Sunday revealed crowds of individuals collecting in a variety of cities, shouting “Putin is a thief,” in referral to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the Russian city of Novosibirsk, in Siberia, live video revealed authorities apprehending motorists who were beeping their vehicle horns in assistance of the protesters. In action, demonstrators were heard shouting: “Let them go!”

Individuals might be seen with their elbows connected, forming chains, shouting “Freedom!” and “Give back our money!” as they stood in front of the town hall in the center of Novosibirsk. Rows of riot authorities were standing in front of them.

Protesters marching along the snowy streets might be heard shouting: “Russia without Putin!” and “one for all, and all for one.”

Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs earlier alerted Russian people not to participate in the “unauthorized” demonstrations. “The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia calls on citizens to refrain from participating in unauthorized protests,” the ministry stated in an Instagram post.

Russian federal law needs organizers to submit an appeal with regional authorities a minimum of 10 days beforehand to acquire authorization to hold a demonstration.

Riot police detain a man during a rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny in the far eastern city of Vladivostok on Sunday.

Cops detentions in Moscow

Navalny’s group revealed through their social networks accounts brand-new event points for protesters in the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg after Russian authorities obstructed off specific streets and city stations ahead of the rallies.

Security forces might be seen out in force in the streets of main Moscow early Sunday, consisting of in Lubyanka Square, house to the head office of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

Rebecca Ross, spokewoman for the United States Embassy in Moscow, advised Russia to appreciate worldwide human rights as demonstrations occur throughout the nation.

“Ahead of planned protests in support of @Navalny, Russian authorities preemptively detained activists & journalists, & blocked off Moscow city center. Reports of hundreds of protesters detained today in Russia. Russia must respect international #humanrights commitments,” Ross tweeted Sunday.

CNN’s group in Moscow saw authorities apprehending protesters in an obvious effort to stop the demonstration in the capital getting under method.

Authorities revealed ahead of Sunday’s demonstrations that specific streets in the center of Moscow would be shut off, 7 city stations would be shut which no alcohol might be offered in glass containers throughout the day.

In Addition, the Moscow mayor’s workplace stated that coffee shops, dining establishments and other catering centers would be closed in the town hall on Sunday, according to Russian state media firm TASS.

Sanctions advised

More than 2,100 individuals, consisting of Navalnaya, were jailed last weekend at rallies in almost 100 cities, according to OVD-Info.
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Ahead of the most recent demonstration, Navalnaya published an image on Instagram of her household. The photo includes relative, including her spouse Alexey and his bro, Oleg Navalny, who was apprehended previously today in Moscow.

“If we are silent, then tomorrow they will come after any of us,” she composed in a post accompanying the picture, describing Russian authorities.

Navalnaya likewise made a referral to Putin and an examination by Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Structure (FBK) into Putin’s wealth and a glamorous palace he supposedly owns on the Black Sea.

“In a 16-storey bunker with an aqua disco, a random frightened person is the one who decides our fate — he might decide to jail one and to poison another one,” she composed.

The Kremlin has actually consistently rejected any participation in Alexey Navalny’s poisoning with Novichok.

The FBK has actually advised United States President Joe Biden to enforce sanctions on a minimum of 8 prominent Russian figures it states are close to Putin.

FBK executive director Vladimir Ashurkov, who signed the letter, informed CNN on Saturday that the structure was getting in touch with the United States to put pressure on Putin to launch Navalny.

CNN’s Zahra Ullah and Anna Chernova reported from Moscow and Laura Smith-Spark composed from London. CNN’s Frederik Pleitgen and Mary Ilyushina added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.