During a call, doctors, including a cardiologist, ask Navalny, 44, to end his action as quickly as possible “to preserve your life and your health”.
Protests in dozens of Russian cities were banned on Wednesday by supporters of Navalny expressing support for President Putin’s well-known opponent. Police have reportedly arrested at least nearly 1,500 people, including journalists.
Russian authorities arrested key employees of opposition leader Alexei Navalny ahead of the protests scheduled for Wednesday. According to those involved, these include spokesperson Kira Yarmisj and lawyer Lyubov Sobol.
Police raided or arrested activists in at least 20 towns, according to observation group OVD-Info. Among other things, agents searched Navalny’s offices in St. Petersburg, the country’s second largest city. Officers reportedly pulled lawyer Sobol out of a taxi. Spokeswoman Yarmish reported on her arrest on Twitter.
Police warned that the protests scheduled for Wednesday were also illegal. Navalny supporters also took to the streets in droves in January and February, and then to protest his arrest. This led to the arrest of over 10,000 people at the time.
Navalny is in jail for failing to meet the conditions of a suspended sentence. It had been imposed on him for embezzlement, a statement he believed was politically motivated. Initially, he did not have to go to jail, but reported regularly to the authorities.
The latter was no longer possible last year. At the time, he had been poisoned by a nervous poison in his own country and recovered for months in Germany. Russian authorities arrested him when he got off the plane in Moscow earlier this year. In addition to the street protests, this has also led to a lot of international criticism.
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