Russia stands up to Putin: Thousands ignore threats and protest in support of Navalny
Protests erupted across the country today in support of Putin’s jailed political rival, Alexei Navalny. Up to 400 people were arrested across the state as they were rounded up by police after protesting against the treatment of Mr Navalny who is on hunger strike in custody, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors detentions and protests. Mr Navalny’s doctors have warned he may die at any minute while officials from his campaign revealed aides were arrested in St Petersburg today.
Gathered in Moscow, protestors chanted “freedom to Navalny!” and “let the doctors in!” although authorities said the activist had been given the same treatment as any other inmates.
Ilya, a 19-year-old student, said: “Everyone realises the current authorities have nothing new to propose for the country.
“We need a new generation of politicians.
“I see Navalny as one of them.”