Over 400 Arrested in Russia for Honoring Navalny with Memorials



In a significant show of suppression in Russia, over 400 individuals have been arrested across 30 cities for commemorating the late Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, by laying flowers or candles at impromptu memorials. This wave of arrests and fines comes as mourners, despite the risks, continue to honor Navalny’s memory in cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow, where tributes are quickly removed by authorities. Amidst this backdrop, questions about Navalny’s death persist, with Western politicians pointing fingers at President Vladimir Putin, an accusation the Kremlin vehemently denies. The ongoing investigation into Navalny’s death is expected to extend beyond the upcoming presidential elections, in which Putin is anticipated to secure a landslide victory.

  • Over 400 people arrested in 30 cities across Russia for honoring Alexei Navalny with flowers and candles.
  • Mourners face fines and jail time, yet continue to pay respects at makeshift memorials in cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow.
  • Tributes to Navalny are being swiftly removed by authorities, underlining the risks involved in public expressions of grief and protest.
  • There is widespread speculation and concern over the exact cause of Navalny’s death, with many Western politicians blaming Vladimir Putin.
  • The Kremlin denies allegations of its involvement in Navalny’s death, labeling them as unacceptable.
  • Navalny’s family faces obstacles in accessing his body, with authorities citing an ongoing autopsy investigation expected to last at least 2 weeks.
  • Putin is predicted to win the upcoming presidential elections by a landslide, amidst an environment where his political opponents are either imprisoned, disqualified, or deceased.
  • The delay in releasing Navalny’s body is seen as a means of inflicting psychological torture on his family and supporters.
  • Julia Navalnaya, Navalny’s wife, has vowed to continue her husband’s fight, potentially emerging as a new figurehead for the opposition movement in Russia.
  • The suppression of public grief and opposition activities is perceived as a temporary victory for Putin, though it may also galvanize new opposition fighters.

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