Massive Detentions Throughout Russia At Pro-Navalny Demonstrations
Throughout Russia, sizable, unauthorized rallies took place on January 23 for the release of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny from prison. Some 2,432 people had been detained nationwide by about 9 p.m., Moscow time, on January 23, according to the non-governmental law-enforcement watchdog OVD-Info. Officials had warned the public against attending the demonstrations, both because of the COVID-19 infection risk and because the gatherings had not been approved. Multiple detentions of Navalny's colleagues and supporters occurred in the days before the rallies. Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail on January 18, the day after his return to Russia from Germany, where he had been treated for a poisoning with the Novichok nerve-agent.