Moscow (Associated Press)-Russian authorities have taken detailed measures to curb the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s protests, which were planned by his supporters in Russia on Saturday Held in more than 60 cities.
Navalny’s associates in Moscow and other regions were detained before the rally. The police have contacted opposition supporters and independent journalists and issued warnings in protest.
Universities in different regions of Russia have urged students not to participate in rallies. Some people say they may be subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that “there will naturally be warnings… warnings about the possible consequences of non-compliance with the law” because of calls for “unauthorized illegal incidents”. “.
Navalny, anti-corruption campaigner and Kremlin’s most violent criticArrested when returning to Russia from Germany on SundayIt took him nearly five months to recover from neurotoxicosis, and he blamed it on the Kremlin.On Monday, the judge ordered Navani to jail for 30 days.
He faces up to one year in prison-authorities accused him of being sentenced to probation for alleged financial misconduct in 201
Supporters of Navalny called for a nationwide demonstration on Saturday to force the government to release politicians, but they themselves are under pressure.
On Thursday night, Moscow police detained three of Navani’s top associates. On Friday, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh (Kira Yarmysh) was sentenced to 9 days in prison and George Alburov (Georgy Alburov) was sentenced to 10 days in prison. Navalny’s close friend Lyubov Sobol was released on Thursday night, but was ordered by the court on Friday to pay a fine equivalent to $3,300. All three were accused of violating protest laws.
More than a dozen activists and Navani allies in several regions of Russia were also detained.
The Russian Attorney General’s Office and the police have issued public warnings prohibiting them from participating in or calling for unauthorized gatherings. The prosecutor also asked the Russian media and Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor to restrict access to websites containing calls to the protests on Saturday.
On Friday, Russia’s largest social network VKontakte blocked all pages related to the rally.
Roskomnadzor also announced that social media companies will be fined to encourage minors to participate in protests. This happened because the media reported the call for the demonstration and the video of the school students replacing the portrait of President Vladimir Putin in the classroom where the Navani was replaced by a video tape, which was circulated among teenagers on the social network TikTok. Open.
The Russian Ministry of Education issued a statement urging parents to “block” their children from participating in Saturday’s activities, noting that “no one has the right to drag young people into various political actions and provocations.”
The Commission of Inquiry has conducted a criminal investigation of “minors participating in illegal activities”, accusing Navalny’s unidentified supporters of encouraging minors to participate in social media gatherings.
Also on Friday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin urged Muscovites not to participate in the rally in a video statement displayed on the Moskva24 TV channel. Sobyanin cited coronavirus concerns, called the upcoming demonstrations “illegal” and said “law enforcement agencies will ensure the necessary order in the city.”
Navalny’s allies told supporters not to be discouraged and showed up on Saturday.
“Don’t be afraid. Leave it to the Kremlin. “We are right, we are the majority. “Lyubov Sobol wrote in a Facebook post.
Dozens of influential Russians, including actors, musicians, journalists, writers, athletes and popular bloggers, have issued statements of support for Navalny, some of whom have agreed to participate in the demonstrations.