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Navalny Arrested/Detained Prior To Protests


Alexei Navalny, blue shirt, is detained by police outside his apartment in Moscow on Monday CREDIT: NAVALNY ANTI-CORRUPTION FUND VIA AP

Not surprisingly, since I also predicted, just yesterday, Navalny’s arrest, the very first English language reporting on Navalny’s arrest was amazingly detailed.  The time used is US East Coast Daylight Savings Time. 

Two words are used, detained and arrested.  I’ll wait until I read an official Russian report to see his actual status.   There are dozens of other reports about Navalny’s detention.  

RIA.ru says he’s been arrested.  Police arrested Navalny (in Russia)

MOSCOW, June 12 – RIA Novosti. Blogger Alexei Navalny was detained for calling for participation in an unsanctioned rally in downtown Moscow, which is repeated violation of article of the Administrative Code, as well as for disobedience to law enforcement agencies, said the State Ministry of Interior. 

and 

It is noted that the protocols will be drawn up under “repeated violation of the established order of organizing or holding meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and picketing” (Part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code), “disobeying a lawful order of a police officer” (19.3 of the Administrative Code).

 Nezavisimaya Gazeta says 

Rossiyskaya Gazeta – the official publication of the Russian state, does not even mention Navalny’s name or his arrest, but they have an article about the illegal protests.

In Moscow, detained a member of an unauthorized protest rally on Pushkin Square, spraying pepper spray in the face by riot policemen. This was reported in the press service of Rosgvardii.

The story of Navalny is actively being suppressed and censored in Russia.  

Notice that the electricity was cut to his offices at the same time. Russia is brutal. 

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Russian police detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday as he tried to leave his home ahead of a planned anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow, his wife said, but she called for the demonstration to go ahead all the same.

Mr Navalny, who is mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Putin in a presidential election next year, had called for mass protests in Moscow and other cities against what he says is a corrupt system of rule overseen by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Alexei was detained in the entrance hall of our building,” his wife, Yulia, wrote on social media. “He asked me to tell you that the plans (for the protest) are unchanged.”

Witnesses saw a police car leaving Mr Navalny’s apartment compound at high speed, followed a few minutes later by a minibus carrying around 10 policemen.

Electricity in his office was cut at around the same time as he was detained, briefly bringing down a live feed of nationwide protests, Mr Navalny’s spokeswoman said.

Mr Navalny addresses his campaign volunteers during their meeting in Tver on 29 May 2017
Mr Navalny addresses his campaign volunteers during their meeting in Tver on 29 May 2017 CREDIT: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP

Around the venue for the planned protest, on Tverskaya Street in central Moscow, hundreds of riot police and military conscripts were waiting. Authorities have said the protest is illegal.

Witnesses saw police detain a small number of protesters as they exited a metro station near the venue.

Participants of an unauthorised opposition rally gather in Tsverskaya street in central Moscow
Participants of an unauthorised opposition rally gather in Tsverskaya street in central Moscow CREDIT: EPA

The scale of the protests will show if Mr Navalny can build on the success of a similar event in March, in which thousands took to the streets across Russia.

Those protests were the largest since a wave of anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2012 and resulted in over 1,000 arrests, putting rare domestic pressure on Putin, who is expected to run for and win re-election next year.

Authorities in Moscow had authorised a venue for the protest away from the city centre.

But Mr Navalny said late on Sunday that the authorities had pressured firms into refusing to supply him and his allies with sound and video equipment, a move he said was designed to humiliate protesters.

Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest in central Moscow
Riot police detain a demonstrator during an anti-corruption protest in central MoscowCREDIT: REUTERS/MAXIM SHEMETOV

For that reason, he said he was unilaterally switching the venue to Tverskaya Street, Moscow’s main avenue near the Kremlin. The General Prosecutor’s Office warned that a protest there would be illegal and police would be forced to take “all necessary measures” to prevent disorder.

A legal “caution” was being readied for Mr Navalny, it said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TV Rain, before Navalny was detained, that it was vital to avoid what he called “provocations.”

Russian police officers detain a participant of the opposition rally in Tverskaya street, central Moscow
Russian police officers detain a participant of the opposition rally in Tverskaya street, central Moscow CREDIT: AFP

The area of Tsverskaya Street near where Mr Navalny’s supporters were planning to hold their protest was hosting an officially-organised historical festival, with actors re-enacting periods of Russian history with props such as World War Two jeeps and artillery guns.

Officials had set up barriers along Tverskaya Street, and were admitting members of the public only once they had passed through airport-style metal detectors. There were long queues of people waiting to gain access.

Russian Interior Ministry buses and cars parked along Moscow streets
Russian Interior Ministry buses and cars parked along Moscow streets CREDIT: AP PHOTO/ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO

Reporters saw a heavy police presence on and around the avenue with bus loads of riot police parked nearby and side roads blocked off.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/12/russian-opposition-leader-alexei-navalny-detained-home-ahead/

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