Protests erupted throughout the nation at this time in assist of Putin’s jailed political rival, Alexei Navalny. As much as 400 folks had been arrested throughout the state as they had been rounded up by police after protesting towards the therapy of Mr Navalny who’s on starvation strike in custody, in keeping with OVD-Information, a bunch that displays detentions and protests. Mr Navalny’s docs have warned he might die at any minute whereas officers from his marketing campaign revealed aides had been arrested in St Petersburg at this time.
Gathered in Moscow, protestors chanted “freedom to Navalny!” and “let the docs in!” though authorities stated the activist had been given the identical therapy as some other inmates.
Ilya, a 19-year-old scholar, stated: “Everybody realises the present authorities don’t have anything new to suggest for the nation.
“We want a brand new technology of politicians.
“I see Navalny as certainly one of them.”
Police in Moscow reported 6,000 arrests within the capital, whereas 20 folks had been additionally detained by safety forces within the metropolis of Krasnodar.
The protests come as Putin warned the West to not cross Russia’s crimson strains or the US will face penalties throughout his annual speech to the nation.
Mr Putin stated: “Whomever organizes any provocations that threaten our core safety will remorse this like they’ve by no means regretted something earlier than.
“We behave with the utmost restraint and modesty, usually don’t reply in any respect not solely to unfriendly actions, however even to outright rudeness.
Mr Navalny was jailed in February after returning to Russia from Germany the place he recovered from a near-fatal nerve agent assault final yr.
He started a starvation strike after claiming he was being poorly handled by guards within the jail.
The EU has additionally joined the calls condemning the therapy of Navalny and the detention of his supporters at this time.
EU Parliament chief Charles Michel stated: “The detention of supporters of Alexey Navalny prematurely of deliberate protests in Russia at this time are deplorable.
“Authorities should respect the best to meeting.