Protests in Russia: Police detain over 4,000 people

Source : 112 Ukraine

At least 82 journalists were detained
21:15, 31 January 2021

4027 people were detained during protest actions in support of Alexei Navalny on January 31, OVD-Info reports.

Among the detained are at least 82 journalists, said Sofya Rusova, a member of the Bureau of the Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers. In Moscow, according to the trade union, 21 media representatives were detained, anotehr ten were apprehended in in St. Petersburg.

Among the detainees are Sergey Parkhomenko (Echo of Moscow), Mikhail Zelensky (Kholod), Elena Kostyuchenko (Novaya Gazeta), Daniil Turovsky, Anton Feinberg (RBC), Anton Osherov (moloko plus) and Valeria Savinova (MBKh media), Ivan Kleimenov and others.

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Many journalists were detained despite having press cards, editorial assignments and vests with the words "Press" on them.

The headquarters of Alexey Navalny announced the completion of the action in Moscow.

As reported, actions in support of the politician were held all over Russia. Before the start, the protesters faced all sorts of obstacles: in Moscow and St. Petersburg, authorities simply closed off the entire downtown; in Novosibirsk, they raked snowdrifts onto the sidewalks and stuck them with branches.

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