Foreign governments and rights activists on Sunday (6 May) expressed outrage over mass arrests in Russia and the brutality with which protests were broken up on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration. The European Union slammed “police brutality and mass arrests” after nearly 1,600 protesters including opposition leader Alexei Navalny were on Saturday detained in 27 Russian cities during nationwide rallies ahead of Putin’s swearing-in ceremony for a fourth Kremlin term on Monday. #Russia Detention of over a thousand demonstrators and violence used against them by the Russian authorities across the country today threaten the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly https://t.co/nbOKzOModr — Maja Kocijančič (@MajaEUspox) May 5, 2018 Thousands had taken to the streets heeding a call from Navalny, a charismatic 41-year-old opposition politician, who was barred from challenging Putin in March’s presidential election and called on Russians to stage rallies under the catchy slogan “Not our Tsar”. In Moscow, Saint Petersburg and a number of Russian cities the rallies were not authorised and police used force to break up the protests, beating demonstrators with truncheons and dragging them along the ground. In a new development that shocked many, police in Moscow were helped by pro-Putin activists dressed… Read full this story
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