Alexei Navalny is back in the political and media game in Russia. Imprisoned for calls for demonstrations, Vladimir Putin's main opponent of power was released Friday (August 23rd) after 30 days in detention.
In Moscow, the protest does not disarm
The former lawyer and anti-corruption blogger appeared before the press waiting for him when he was released from prison. He denounced "Acts of terror intended to frighten", led by the Russian authorities in their suppression of the protest movement in Moscow. "The movement will continue to grow and this regime will strongly regret what it did"he said.
The end of Alexei Navalny's detention does not mean the end of his troubles with the law and the police. Witness the cohort of police present at its release. However, he was not immediately arrested when he was released, as was the case for other opponents recently released.
– Кира Ярмыш (@Kira_Yarmysh) August 23, 2019
Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in prison for "Repeated violations of the rules of organization of events". This charge could well be held against him again. He has already called for demonstrations before the local elections on September 8th.
When Alexei Navalny was incarcerated, he was briefly treated at the hospital for what the doctors described as "Severe allergic reaction", while the opponent did not rule out having been "Poisoned".
Municipal elections in sight
In Russia, the power struggle is gaining momentum. He started after the dismissal for defective form of the registration of about sixty independent candidates for the election of the Parliament of Moscow, scheduled for 8 September. In charge of validating the huge budget of the capital, this body is currently composed of loyal pro-Kremlin mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
Egor Zhukov, the young banner of anti-Putin demonstrations
To respond to this movement, the authorities have arrested many opponents who have come to Moscow to demonstrate short sentences. Alexei Navalny was arrested on July 24 in Moscow.
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