Politics 

Russian protesters rally in support of opposition leader Alexey Navalny – CNN

According to OVD-Info, an independent site that monitors arrests, 1,009 people have been detained so far across the country over the unsanctioned protests. This number is expected to increase.

Navalny’s supporters said they were planning nationwide protests in at least 120 cities, with each due to start at midday local time in that city. The country covers 11 timezones.

Live video feeds and social media videos showed crowds of people gathering in a number of cities, chanting “Putin is a thief,” in reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny was detained on January 17, moments after arriving in Moscow, following months of treatment in Germany after being poisoned in August 2020 with nerve agent Novichok. He blamed the poisoning on the Russian government, an allegation the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

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