Russia – Protests cause more than 3000 to get detained
Following Alexei Navalny’s arrest last week when he returned to Moscow from Germany, he called for nationwide protests. He remained in pre-trial detention for over 30 days despite demands made by some European countries to release him.
Thousands of people went out to the streets to protest, which included Alexei Navalny’s wife and close aides, which have now been detained as well. Tens of thousands of people violated a heavy police presence to join some of the largest rallies in the past years. In Moscow, police were seen beating and dragging away the protesters in support of Navalny.
At least 40,000 people joined a rally in Moscow. But Russian officials put the number of protesters at around 4,000. Few protesters marched on the high-security prison where Alexei Navalny is being held, and many were arrested.