Russia raised the retirement age in Russia during the 2018 World Cup, held in Russia.
Many believed the timing was deliberate, to avoid widespread rioting.
Now the rioting is happening and Russia is moving to suppress opposition, by imprisoning Alexei Navalny, Putin’s major rival.
This arrest appears to be purely for political purposes.
Supporting the belief of fabricated charges:
The reasons for detention were not immediately reported to Navalny. However, it was later revealed that it was most likely a question of an outstanding protocol dated January 31, according to which there was no court. Then, after an uncoordinated action, Navalny was accused of “re-violating the established procedure for organizing a public event” – Part 8 of Art. 20.2 of the Administrative Code. In February, the Tverskoi Court of Moscow refused to review the case and returned it to the police to eliminate violations committed in the compilation of materials. According to Navalny, when asked why he was detained only now, the police answered the police that they were looking for, but could not find it. Source: http://www.ng.ru/politics/2018-08-26/3_7296_navalniy.html
Note: Here Russia is showing its true colors. Its tactics of suppression of the opposition in a harsh tactic designed to preserve the status quo, at any cost. Russia’s leadership must be preserved at all costs, especially Putin. Russia is also flooding the Russian media with propaganda, as the majority of propaganda produced in Russia is aimed internally. For the sake of “national security”…
Expect ongoing arrests, tight control of Russian media, a flood of domestic propaganda, and a much stronger police and National Guard presence.
ps. It is nice to see that the dye thrown on Navalny’s face has disappeared.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained Saturday outside his home in Moscow ahead of planned nationwide anti-government protest rallies, and his spokeswoman said he later was taken to a hospital with a suspected broken finger
Navalny was detained Saturday afternoon and taken to a nearby police station because of an unsanctioned rally in January, his spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said.
Moscow police were not immediately available for comment Saturday on the detention or on Navalny’s reported injury.
Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most formidable political foe, has called for nationwide rallies in early September to protest the Russian government’s plans to raise the retirement ages for both men and women. The issue has outraged and united a wide range of Russians from different political backgrounds.
Navalny, who rose to prominence thanks to his investigations into official corruption, on Friday published an investigation alleging that at least $29 million had been stolen in procurement contracts for Russia’s National Guard, which is headed by Putin’s former bodyguard, Viktor Zolotov.