Dozens arrested in Russia after tributes to Navalny

2024-02-25 16:03:58 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

Dozens arrested in Russia after tributes to Navalny

At least 32 people were arrested in Russia for paying tribute to late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and marking the second anniversary of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

According to the human rights group, they were arrested during commemorations in nine Russian cities. Twenty-seven of those arrested had laid wreaths in honor of Navalny, who died under unclear circumstances on February 16 in a remote Russian prison in the Arctic. Twenty wives of Russian soldiers, who were taking part in a rally called by a group for better treatment of conscripts, were arrested along with three people who were protesting against the war. Yesterday marked two years since the start of the unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Meanwhile, in the days following the announcement of Navalny's death, Russian police have cracked down on efforts to commemorate his death, removing makeshift memorials in his honor in several Russian cities and arresting hundreds of people.

Navalny has been the Russian leader's biggest critic for years.

In August 2020, the Russian opposition leader was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, and at the time he blamed the state apparatus, led by Putin, for that decision.

Navalny had recovered in Germany after the poisoning, and on the day of his return to Russia, was sent to prison.