The Russians braved the -60 degree weather and police brutality to demand the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny (Alexei Navalny).
Thousands of Russians braved minus temperatures and police brutality in 200 cities from Moscow to Siberia on Saturday during democratic protests in the country.
The demonstration was a response to an attempted assassination and subsequent arrest of opposition leaders Alexei Navalny, Which aroused the anger of Russian citizens.
Navalny was poisoned in August last year and was transferred to Germany for treatment. The doctor confirmed Novijok used.Navalny then helped investigate his own assassination With Bellingcat,news media.He is famous Call an FSB agent And tricked him into confession.
Opposition leader Return to Russia on January 17, He was arrested immediately.His team Published another survey Two days later, the palace of President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea was allegedly displayed. On January 23, Navalny called for protests and conducted investigations. These appeals received great attention.
According to reports, more than 3,000 people have been arrested across the country, including 16 journalists. Protest tracking website OVD-Info, The most in the past four years. It is not clear how many people across the country participated, but videos and images show that there seem to be tens of thousands of people on the streets.
In Siberia, people protested in -60 degrees weather.
Thousands of people crowded the streets in Irkutsk, a small city on the border with Mongolia.
Protesters also lined up on the streets of the Moscow Kremlin.
Thousands marched in St. Petersburg.
Protesters in Moscow threw snowballs at nearby police.
But it didn’t take long for the police to use force in protests, which were previously considered illegal.
A video shows a woman being kicked in the stomach. Mediazona reported that the woman suffered a concussion and was taken to the hospital.
In another video, people saw the police harassing a child because the crowd yelled to let him go.
A reporter who was arrested and then released recorded people being assaulted in a police car.
Another video shows a woman being taken away by two men in plain clothes.
The U.S. Embassy in Russia supported the protest on Twitter, and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also tweeted its support Mark this tweet as “hypocritical.”
The eye-catching photos and videos show to a large extent that the protesters united against the police, sometimes appealing to their conscience.
Navalny’s organization is not afraid of police response and government condemnation, calling for more protests next week.
“This is the first step to victory,” the Anti-Corruption Foundation Tweet“See you in a week.”