Russia Protests

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Abstract

As US recently was the scene of massive protests in the last 1 year due to several issues it seems that now the protests and their consequences have shifted to the east, for now Russia is the scene of protests.

Will China be the next target?

It is very unlikely as Communist party of china has a far stronger hand over its population. 

Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets in protest on Saturday to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, braving the threat of mass arrests in what was expected to be one of the largest demonstrations against the Kremlin in years.

From the port city of Vladivostok in the east to the capital of Moscow seven time zones away in the west, protesters swept across the country in open defiance of warnings from Russian authorities that the demonstrations have been deemed illegal.

In Moscow, protesters gathered in Pushkin Square for what appeared to be the largest of the day's protests. They were met by police trucks and city buses filled with riot officers, who blared messages from a public-address system telling demonstrators not to gather closely because of the risks of the coronavirus and warning them that the protest was unlawful. In all, Navalny supporters said that protests were planned across 90 cities, including the Siberian city of Yakutsk, where temperatures plunged to minus 60 Fahrenheit.

ens of thousand protesters turned out in arctic temperature to demand the release of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s top opposition figure.

Protests took place in 38 cities across Russia, with an estimated 15,000 in Pushkin Square in Moscow alone. Navalny had called for protests in response to the Kremlin’s decision to detain and imprison him upon his return to Russia.

I am in awe of dissidents in police states who risk their lives and freedom to fight for democracy and human rights. Their courage stands as a searing rebuke to all those — including, most recently, many Republicans in Washington — who are complicit in plots against democracy.

But even among fighters for freedom, Alexei Navalny stands out for his sheer, unadulterated courage. This man has, as so many have said, “balls of steel.”

Last August, Navalny was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok — almost certainly on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Only medical evacuation to Germany saved his life. Yet Navalny was unbowed by this ordeal. He even managed to record a conversation in which he tricked one of his alleged would-be assassins — an FSB operative — into a confession.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has issued a stern rebuke to the US Embassy in Moscow, after it claimed “peaceful protesters and journalists” were being targeted by authorities at demonstrations across the country on Saturday.

The mission’s press spokesperson, Rebecca Ross, made the claims on Twitter on Saturday, adding that the police response to opposition demonstrations was part of a “concerted campaign to suppress free speech [and] peaceful assembly.”

In a post on the VK social network, the ministry said that diplomats had “checked what [Ross] had written about demonstrations in Washington and the takeover of the Capitol.” “Oddly enough,” they went on, “you wrote nothing. No call for your citizens to protest peacefully, no condemnation of the killing of five people and the detention of more than 100.” They noted, however, that her boss, Ambassador John J. Sullivan, had slammed the “violent mob.”

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