More than 1,300 supporters of the Russian regime critic Alexei Navalny were arrested Tuesday night after protests erupted in connection with a ruling against Navalny, Ovd-info wrote. Navalny was sentenced on Tuesday to three and a half years in prison for violating the 2014 suspended rules.
Around 200 people were arrested in St. Petersburg, while about 1,000 people were arrested in Moscow.
In Moscow, police searched the streets closest to the court for Navalny supporters and forced people out of the area. Clips from Tuesday show how riot police beat protesters with a baton and took them away in buses.
Tuesday’s court ruling converted Navalny’s conditional sentence for embezzlement into a prison sentence, because he did not inform his supervisor. Navalny himself defended himself by saying that this was impossible for him when he was in a coma in Berlin for a period last fall, after being poisoned by the neurotoxin novitjok on a domestic flight in Russia.
In practice, the punishment is two years and eight months in prison. The attorney general was prepared to deduct 10 months for the period Navalny was under house arrest.
Condemned by the outside world
Navalny’s employees later posted a message on social media urging the supporters to return home, but also promising that there would be more protests.
Putin failed to kill Alexei Navalny, so he decided to imprison him for two years and eight months. “We will never tolerate a government that kills its opponents and puts innocent people in jail,” the team wrote.
Several countries, including the United States, Britain and Germany, have called for Navalny’s release. Swedish Foreign Minister Anne Linde said she would call on Russia to release her critic of the regime.