Russian Police Crack Down on Protesters Demanding Alexey Navalny’s Release From Jail

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    Riot police clashed with protesters in cities across Russia as tens of thousands of supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny turned out in freezing temperatures on Saturday to demand his release.

    Police detained hundreds of people, including at protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg, after Navalny’s backers called for demonstrations in at least 66 cities across the world’s largest country. The Prosecutor-General’s Office earlier warned that those involved in the unauthorized protests may be charged with “mass disorder.”

    The Interior Ministry said around 4,000 protesters gathered in central Moscow’s Pushkin Square, though observers present put the numbers involved much higher. They included Navalny’s wife, Yulia, who wrote on Instagram shortly after that she had been detained. Lyubov Sobol, a key Navalny ally was also seized by police soon after arriving at the rally.

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