Putin critic Alexei Navalny among 200 held over anti-Kremlin protests
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 7:33
Navalny was among those arrested Monday.
In part of his on-going battle against the Kremlin, Navalny had earlier urged Russians to take to the streets Monday in anti-corruption protests.
More than 100 people were arrested in Moscow at the coordinated protests.
On Monday, a wave of anti-government protests swept through multiple cities in Russian Federation, with people gathering in more than 200 cities to protest political corruption and stagnation.
Organizers in over 200 cities had filed requests to hold demonstrations Monday, out of which almost 120 were granted and 50 were rejected.
Monday's rallies were the second mass action called by Navalny since March 26.
Teenagers were seen crafting signs in the streets, the AP reported.
On that day, thousands of mostly young Russians took to the streets in 99 cities across the country in authorized and unauthorized rallies protesting corruption.
By calling crowds into the very centre of Moscow, Alexei Navalny has set the stage for a confrontation.
Navalny was arrested outside his home en route to the rally. Arrests continued in the capital throughout the afternoon, although there were no immediate figures on how many were detained. The government had not approved the location of the protest and said it was unlawful. He said interference had prevented contractors from building a stage at the agreed venue.
In a statement reported by state news agency Tass, police said Navalny would be charged with failure to follow police orders and violation of public order.
Public rallies protesting against corruption took place in cities and towns across Russian Federation today.
A protestor being led away by the police on Monday summed it up.
As police detained demonstrators, hundreds of others shouted slogans including "Putin is a thief" and "Shame!" On Sunday evening, some of the rally's organizers called on the participants to relocate the rally to Tverskaya Street and begin the event at 2 p.m. Moscow time (1100GMT). In central Moscow, where authorities had organized historical re-enactments to celebrate the holiday, there were often surreal scenes as protesters scaled straw huts occupied by actors dressed as medieval Russian warriors. Prior to his arrest, Navalny claimed authorities had pressured companies to refusing to supply audio and video equipment to humiliate the protesters.
A Moscow court, sitting late Monday, found the 41-year-old Navalny guilty of organizing unauthorized protests and sentenced him to a month in administrative custody, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter.
In the photo, a rally in the city of Vladivostok, where according to the data of the OVD-info, 11 people were detained.
Turnout was hard to calculate as ordinary people mingled with those protesting, but thousands filled the Tverskaya street area in Moscow, with many waving Russian flags and banners.
Navalny's Fund for Fighting Corruption had been providing updates on protests throughout the country Monday.