Opponent Alexei Navalny called for demonstrations during the presidential election in March

The 47-year-old opponent, who is currently serving a 19-year sentence for “extremism” in a remote penal colony in the Arctic, believes the authorities will not be able to resist this “perfectly legal and safe” demonstration.


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Russian dissident Alexei Navalny during his trial at a Moscow court, September 26, 2023. (Tatiana Makeyeva/AFP)

“This can be a powerful demonstration of the state of mind of the country.” Russian dissident Alexei Navalny on Thursday, February 1, called for demonstrations across Russia during presidential elections scheduled for March 15 to 17, which should allow Vladimir Putin to stay in power until at least 2030. “I like that people who vote against Putin go to vote against Putin at the same time, at noon, at noon”He declared On that day.

47-year-old enemy, who Currently serving a 19-year sentence for “extremism” in a remote Arctic penal colony, he believes The authorities could not resist this demonstration “Perfectly legal and safe”. However, anti-authority demonstrations are banned in Russia and severely repressed by the police.

A call to mobilize “in every city”.

He called for the mobilization of anyone who opposes the Kremlin's policies, primarily the attack on Ukraine. “Not just in every city, but in every neighborhood.”. “Millions of people can participate. And tens of thousands more will.”Alexei Navalny argued again.

For its part, the Kremlin assures that the Russians are at large “United” Behind Vladimir Putin. The leader, who has been in power since 2000, seems certain to win. Its main opponents, led by Alexei Navalny, have been jailed or exiled in recent years.

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