On Saturday, the Russian police arrested hundreds of demonstrators who took to the streets in temperatures as low as minus 50 ° C to demand the release of Alexei Navalny, the country’s largest opposition figure

Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent and enduring enemy, was killed on Jan. Arrested January 17 when he was returning to Moscow from Germany, where he had been recovering for five months from severe nerve agent poisoning, which he accused the Kremlin of

Authorities say his stay in Germany violated the provisions of a suspended sentence in a criminal conviction in a case that Navalny deemed unlawful. He is due to appear in court in early February to see if he has the 3 1 / 2- serving a year sentence

According to the arrest monitoring group OVD-Info, more than 350 people were arrested during protests in the Far East and Siberia, and large demonstrations were held in Moscow, St Petersburg and other cities in the European part of the country

Several thousand people protested in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city, and demonstrations took place in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok, the island city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and the country’s third largest city, Novosibirsk among other things

13 people were arrested during the protest in Yakutsk, a city in eastern Siberia where the temperature was minus 50 degrees

In Moscow, thousands of people gathered in downtown Pushkin Square as the planned start of the protest approached A police public address system repeatedly issued messages urging people not to close because of a health pandemic gather and warned that the protest was illegal

Moscow police arrested three senior Navalny employees on Thursday, two of whom were later detained for nine and ten days

Navalny fell into a coma on a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow in August 20. Two days later, he was transferred from a hospital in Siberia to a hospital in Berlin

Laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden as well as tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons revealed that he was exposed to a Soviet-era nerve agent in Novichok

Russian authorities insisted that the doctors treating Navalny in Siberia before he was flown to Germany found no traces of poison and asked German officials to provide evidence of his poisoning. Russia refused to undertake a full criminal investigation because there was no evidence that Navalny was poisoned

Last month, Navalny released the recording of a phone call he made to a man he identified as a suspected member of a group of Federal Security Service (FSB) officials who allegedly poisoned him in August and then tried to to cover it up The FSB dismissed the recording as a fake

Navalny has been a thorn in the side of the Kremlin for a decade, unusually persistent in an opposition movement that is often demoralized by repression

He has been repeatedly detained in connection with protests and twice convicted of financial misconduct in cases he described as politically motivated.He suffered significant eye damage when an assailant threw disinfectant in his face and was taken from prison to hospital with illness in 2019 which authorities said was an allergic reaction, but which many suspected was poisoning

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