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Photos and Videos of Russian pro-democracy demonstrations


The Russians defied -60 degree weather and police brutality to demand that opposition leader Alexei Navalny be released.

Last updated on January 23, 2021, at 5:07 pm ET

Posted on January 23, 2021, at 2:59 p.m. ET


Images by Vasily Maximov / Getty

Thousands of Russians across 200 cities stretching from Moscow to Siberia defied the cooling temperatures and police brutality during the pro-democracy protests in the country on Saturday.

Protests were held in response to the intentional assassination and subsequent arrest of the opposition leader Alexei NavalnyThis has sparked outrage among Russian citizens.

From Vladivostok to Kaliningrad (10 000 km in the middle), from towns, Siberia like Irkuts to southern Sochi came to the street. There aren’t enough independent media outside of Moscow to know details about the mood there, but it’s telling #Navalny https://t.co/Ta4FZn1cfO


Twitter: @ngumenyuk

Navalny was poisoned last August and was transferred to Germany for treatment, where doctors confirmed that Novichok chemical agent has been used. Navalny later helped investigate her own assassination with Bellingcat, a news store. He’s famous Called an FSB agent involve and trick him into a confession.

Leader of the opposition returned to Russia on January 17where he was immediately arrested. His team published another investigation two days later, the place purposefully showed President Vladimir Putin’s palace on the Black Sea. The investigation followed with calls from Navalny to protest on January 23, which received a lot of attention.

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There have been more than 3,000 arrests across the country, including 16 reporters, according to the report objection tracking website OVD-Info, the most in the past four years. It is unknown how many people across the country participated, but videos and pictures showed tens of thousands of people on the streets.

In Siberia, people protested in -60 degrees of weather.

In Irkutsk, a small city bordering Mongolia, thousands of people flood the streets.

Protesters also lined up on the streets to reach the Kremlin in Moscow.

And thousands of people paraded in St. Petersburg.

Protesters in Moscow threw snowballs at nearby police officers.

At the circus in Trubnaya, the police got snowballed, they were clearly confused. Video: Yulia Sugueva / Mediazona


Twitter: @mediazzzona

But it didn’t take long for the police to use force in the protests, which were previously illegal.

One video shows a woman being kicked in the stomach. According to the Mediazona news agency, the woman was concussed and taken to the hospital.

The riot police kicked the woman in the stomach as she tried to help the detained guy. Video: “Fontanka”


Twitter: @novaya_gazeta

In another video, police were seen harassing a small child as a crowd screamed for her to be released.

One reporter, who was arrested and later released, recorded the people being beaten on a police bus.

And another video shows a woman being taken away by two men in plain clothes.

The US Embassy in Russia tweeted in support of the protests and the Russian Foreign Ministry followed label the tweet as “hypocritical”.

We are monitoring reports of protests in 38 Russian cities, the arrests of more than 350 peaceful protesters and journalists. The United States supports the right of all citizens to protest, right to freedom of expression. The steps the Russian authorities are taking are the suppression of those rights.


Twitter: @USEmbRuPress

The featured photos and videos largely show the protesters working together against the police, sometimes appealing for their conscience.

Undeterred by the police response and government condemnation, Navalny’s organization has called for more protests next week.

“This is the first step on the path to victory,” says Anti-Corruption tweeted. “See you after a week.”



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