Alexei Navalny, Russia Warns Against Protests After Putin Critic Navalny’s Death

Protests are illegal in Russia due to strict anti-government laws. (File)


The Russian government warned its citizens on Friday against protesting in the streets, hours after the death of leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Images on social media showed people paying tribute to Navalny and laying flowers at monuments to victims of political repression. Navalny died on Friday in an Arctic prison where he was serving a 19-year sentence, Russian authorities said.

The prosecutor’s office in the Russian capital said it was aware of calls online to “participate in large gatherings in central Moscow” and said it “needs to warn of violations of the law.”

Protests are illegal in Russia under strict opposition laws, and authorities have cracked down particularly hard on rallies supporting Mr. Navalny.

In Moscow, dozens of people stood in red and white at the Solovetsky Stone, a monument to victims of Soviet-era repression, across from the headquarters of Russia’s FSB Security Service, the former home of the feared Soviet secret police. I held out a rose.

At least one person was arrested for holding a placard that read “murderer”, according to a video posted by the independent Sota Telegram channel.

Several people were also photographed gathering to lay flowers on the bridge next to the Kremlin, where Putin critic Boris Nemtsov was killed in 2015.

Police were also filmed dispersing people who had gathered in the snow at a monument in the center of Kazan.

Several large demonstrations were also held in Tbilisi, Yerevan and Belgrade, where many Russians who fled the country following Moscow’s military offensive against Ukraine live.

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