67 People Marking Alexei Navalny’s Funeral Detained By Russian Police, Says NGO

Alexei Navalny, President Putin’s most outspoken critic, died on February 16 in an Arctic prison.

Police arrested at least 67 people across Russia on Friday as they paid tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny on the day of his funeral, according to human rights watchdog OVD Info.

OVD-Info said it was aware of “at least 67 arrests in 16 towns,” including six arrests in Moscow, where Navalny’s funeral drew large crowds.

The group earlier said 18 people had been detained in Novosibirsk.

The Kremlin has warned that action will be taken against “unauthorized” protests, and a large police presence attended the funeral and burial in Moscow.

Navalny, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critics, has died in an Arctic prison, authorities announced on February 16.

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