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Police detain protesters outside Moscow jail holding Navalny

Hundreds of demonstrators outside the Tishina prison chanted "Freedom" and called on authorities to release Putin's most vocal critic, after 20,000 people gathered in Moscow for anti-government demonstrations

AFP , Saturday 23 Jan 2021
Law enforcement officers detain a man during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader
Law enforcement officers detain a man during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia January 23, 2021. REUTERS
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Russian police on Saturday beat with batons and detained protesters who gathered outside Moscow's high-security prison holding top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, an AFP journalist reported.

Hundreds of demonstrators outside the Matrosskaya Tishina prison chanted "Freedom" and called on authorities to release President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic, after an estimated 20,000 people gathered in the Russian capital for anti-government demonstrations.

The OVD-Info monitoring group said that law enforcement detained 2,131 demonstrators at protests in dozens of cities held across Russia Saturday calling for Navalny's release and denounce Putin's rule.

The group said that a majority of the detentions -- 795 -- were carried out in Moscow where protesters clashed violently with police.

The NGO said that more than 300 people were seized by police in Russia's second city Saint Petersburg, where an AFP journalist said more than 10,000 people rallied.

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