Sputnik reported that large-scale protests continued to spread in many cities in Russia when tens of thousands of people in the country on January 31 marched to demand the release of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.
|Russian police arrested many protesters over the weekend.|
In the capital of Moscow, police for many days have banned gathering, illegally demonstrating, restricting traffic on major routes leading to the Kremlin as well as closing seven subway stations.
After that, hundreds of riot police were dispatched to stop the crowds from protesting. At least 1,600 people were detained on the spot, including Navalny’s wife Yulia, according to Reuters news agency.
According to TASS news agency, Ms. Yulia was released after pledging to appear in court for administrative violations (violating organizational procedures or organizing rallies, demonstrations, marches).
The protests also took place in many cities with other protests on January 31 such as St. When the number of people taking the streets arrested by the authorities reached thousands of people in Petersburg and Vladivostok.
According to OVD-Info, a Russian protest monitoring organization, the number of protesters arrested on January 31 across the country was about 5,021.
RT said, St Petersburg witnessed the most pronounced violence in the past two weeks.
|Protesters clashed with police in St. Petersburg. Petersburg.|
At a statement released the same day, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned Western intervention after the Sunday protests. Notice that the fact that Sunday rallies were illegal but not without a plan.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned Western internet platforms of the responsibility of disseminating false information about the illegal protests.
“We demand to stop intervening in the internal affairs of sovereign countries and warn of responsibility,” the ministry said on its official Facebook account.
“Another evidence of Washington’s behind-the-scenes role is that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken aided the illegal acts. There is no doubt that actions aimed at encouraging protests were an element of war. Russian restraint strategy.
The blatant US interference in the Russian protests is a real-world evidence, as are the propaganda of counterfeit goods and calls for illegal demonstrations using Washington-controlled internet platforms “- the statement states. .