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Russia detains more than 350 people in different tribute events to Navalni

At least 359 people have been arrested in different Russian cities during the different acts of condemnation held for the death in prison of the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, as reported this Saturday by OVD-Info, an organization that ensures the rights of detained opponents. This Saturday, at least 47 protesters have been arrested while trying to honor Navalny and another 59 have been detained in Saint Petersburg.

The arrests have taken place in different places in Russia, from monuments to the victims of political repressions such as the Wall of Pain in Moscow, to others improvised in memory of the Russian opposition leader by his followers. This Saturday, in addition, Navalny’s team has directly pointed to President Vladimir Putin as responsible for his death.

“Putin killed him,” said his spokesperson, Kira Yarmysh, after announcing that his mother has already received the death certificate from prison officials. The family has also demanded that the Russian authorities hand over Navalny’s body to them “immediately” and assures that he is not in the morgue in the town of Salekhard, next to the prison, nor is the cause of his death known. .

The rallies in tribute to Navalny, which have been held since Friday and are expected to be repeated this Saturday with new calls, have taken place both in Russian cities and in Europe and other capitals around the world. In Russia, however, protesters who were placing flowers at different monuments and memorials have encountered the forces of authority.

More than half of the arrests, up to 69, have taken place in Saint Petersburg, the hometown of Russian President Vladimir Putin, while the rest have been detained in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar and other cities in the European part of Russia. and from Siberia.

In addition, the Police have collected the personal data of all participants in these events, including the reporters who came to cover them, according to the organization.

The local press has reported that numerous people have been paying tribute since this Friday to the memory of the opposition leader by placing flowers or placing candles in designated places in their cities.

Thousands of Russians in exile have also taken to the streets to protest what they consider a murder on behalf of the Kremlin and have called for more actions in European, American and Latin American cities this Saturday.

The United Kingdom assures that Navalni’s death will have “consequences”

The British Foreign Minister, David Cameron, warned this Saturday that Navalni’s death will have “consequences.” Cameron stated during his participation in the Munich Security Conference (Germany), that the life of the Russian opponent “revealed a lot about the nature of Putin’s horrible regime.”

The United Kingdom’s condemnation thus joins that of Australia, the United States and several countries in the European Union.

“When human rights atrocities like this occur, what we do is see if there are individuals responsible and if there are individual measures and actions that we can take, but we don’t announce them in advance, so I can’t say anything more,” said the british minister

According to Cameron, the United Kingdom “has already summoned the” Russian ambassador in London and has “made clear its position on this atrocious event and the way in which this person was treated.” The British foreign official has called on other countries to take measures as the United Kingdom has done.

Navalny, 47, was serving a sentence of almost 30 years in prison and died suddenly this Friday in the “Polar Wolf” prison and both the opposition and the Russian independent press and the Western foreign ministries have accused the head of the Kremlin of ordering his murder. . The presidential spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, has however considered that these accusations are “unacceptable” before the results of the autopsy are known.

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