Dozens arrested in Russia after tributes to Navalny

2024-02-25 12:24:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Dozens arrested in Russia after tributes to Navalny

At least 32 people were arrested in Russia on February 24 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 OVD-Info, 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 Russia launched its unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine.

This war has had devastating consequences for the people of Ukraine. According to the data published by the United Nations in November last year, over 10,000 civilians were killed, among them over 560 children. The real figures, however, are believed to be much higher.

Russian authorities have repeatedly cracked down on protests against what Moscow calls a "military operation" in Ukraine and have arrested citizens who have opposed their war there.

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, Navalny was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, and 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, he was sent to prison./ REL 

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