Russian Opposition Leader Jailed for 30 Days after Protests

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2017

Navalny's Fund for Fighting Corruption had been providing updates on protests throughout the country Monday.

A crackdown on peaceful protests across Russian Federation in which hundreds of people were arrested and numerous others beaten by police demonstrates the authorities' utter contempt for fundamental human rights, Amnesty International said today.

Authorities detained Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and almost 1,000 of his supporters Monday.

"Under blue skies, security forces massed in Pushkin Square, a vast public space in central Moscow".

Mr Navalny, who intends to stand for the Russian presidency next year, had been due to attend the unauthorised rally in the capital earlier on Monday.

Yulia, Navalny's wife, said Monday that he was arrested outside his home en route to the centerpiece demonstration on the Tverskaya Street in Moscow, Press TV reported.

Tatyana Bogdanova, a retired scientist, said she turned out to show that older people also oppose the government.

Dozens were detained at an unauthorized protest in Moscow after Aleksey Navalny called for the demonstration to be moved from the authorized location, citing a lack of sound systems.

This was a peculiar protest.

The protest eventually coincided with events held by the City Hall for Russia Day like the re-enactment of various eras in Russian history, from World War I trenches to a Renaissance fair and sword fighting.

Some of the demonstrations had received permission to go ahead, but in Moscow, police had warned they would be illegal. He was arrested then, too.

Some of the young people, and they, the young people, made up the largest group among the protesters, tried to convert the equally young officers.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer condemned the arrests and called on Russian Federation "to release all peaceful protesters". The police duly obliged.

"I'm angry, my family is angry, but they're not going to come to this because they're scared", said Fomenko, wearing jean shorts, closely cropped hair and a tattoo with a dragon on his left leg.

More than 3,000 protested in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, with other rallies taking place in the southern resort Sochi, Krasnoyarsk, Kazan, Tomsk and Vladivostok. "I work in a construction company and everything is mired in corruption". He has since been released.

What are the protests about?

Russia's anti-corruption protests come in response to an investigation by Navalny's Anti-corruption Foundation into what was described as a corruption scheme in which Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was said to have amassed lavish mansions and taken luxury shopping trips. Mr. Medvedev denies the claims. Posting a photograph of his detention from his apartment window on Monday, a tongue-in-cheek tweet from Navalny's account read: "Happy Russia Day!". "I want to live in a modern democratic state and I want our taxes to be converted into roads, schools and hospitals, not into yachts, palaces and vineyards". In Moscow, thousands of angry protesters held an unsanctioned rally on Tverskaya, the capital's main street.

The protests in other Russian cities attracted much smaller turnouts. In spectacular irony, the events of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which ousted the tsar and replaced him with a Communist government, were also being staged, a few streets over from the protest.

At first, Navalny's radical decision to urge thousands of supporters to march peacefully through central Moscow seemed misguided, illogical even. June 12 is Russia Day, a national holiday commemorating the 1990 declaration of sovereignty amid the Soviet Union's breakup.

Similar rallies led by Mr Navalny in March led to hundreds of arrests.

Thousands of people took part in anti-corruption protests across Russian Federation on Monday in a new show of defiance by those who oppose Vladimir Putin's government.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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