Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the vast expanse of Russia to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny, continuing a wave of nationwide protests that rocked the Kremlin.
Police have detained more than 1,000 protesters in cities across Russia’s 11 time zones, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors the arrests.
Authorities had prepared a massive effort to stem the tide of protests on Sunday after tens of thousands of people rallied across the country last weekend in the largest and most widespread protest that Russia has ever seen. known for years.
Navalny, 44, an anti-corruption investigator who is President Vladimir Putin’s best-known critic, was arrested on January 17 upon his return from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from an alleged poisoning by a nerve agent he blames. on the Kremlin.
Russian authorities have dismissed the charges.