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Greater than 1,400 protesters arrested throughout rallies supporting Alexei Navalny

Rallies have been held in dozens of cities throughout Russia on Wednesday in help of jailed opposition chief Alexei Navalny, who’s now in his third week of starvation strike.

OVD-Information, a monitoring group, said 1,496 protesters were arrested, together with 662 in Saint Petersburg. The rallies coincided with Russian President Vladimir Putin annual address in the country, and though he didn’t point out Navalny, Putin warned that “anybody who organizes provocations that threaten our central safety will remorse it as if they’ve by no means regretted something earlier than”.

Navalny, who survived a nerve agent assault final 12 months, was arrested in January after coming back from Germany to Russia. The 44-year-old started his starvation strike for what he stated was the jail’s failure to correctly deal with him for his again and leg ache. Navalny’s allies say he is unwell and liable to cardiac arrest and kidney failure, they usually need him to have the ability to see his personal medics. The Russian commissioner for human rights stated on Tuesday that 4 medical doctors had visited Navalny and that he had no critical well being issues.

Navalny’s spouse Yulia attended the Moscow rally, the place supporters chanted: “Freedom to Navalny!” and “Let the medical doctors in!” Earlier than the rally started, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh and her ally Lyubov Sobol have been detained at their dwelling, and Yarmysh was jailed for 10 days after being charged with inciting protesters. “That is repression,” tweeted Navalny’s assistant Ruslan Shaveddinov. “It can’t be accepted. We have now to combat this darkness.”

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