In Russia, more than 1,500 people have already been detained at rallies in support of oppositional politician Alexei Navalny in various cities all over the country, OVD-Info reports.
In Moscow, the protesters changed the place of the rally due to the blocking of streets by the security forces. At the moment, 307 people detained in the capital. Arrests began in St. Petersburg. The police are detaining people with placards, Meduza reports. There they used gas, stun guns and batons against protesters. Sennaya Square is cordoned off, mass detentions continue.
As reported, actions in support of politician Alexei Navalny began throughout Russia. Before the start, the protesters faced all sorts of obstacles: in Moscow and St. Petersburg, authorities simply closed off the entire center, in Novosibirsk they raked snowdrifts onto the sidewalks and stuck them with branches.
In Vladivostok, because of the overlap in the center, the demonstrators went to the Amur Bay embankment, from where the police pushed them onto the ice. There, the protesters began to dance in a circle. A hovercraft with police came to them and stalled. People danced around it. As a result of the actions, over 100 people were detained in the city. In Ufa, five policemen detained a pensioner.