More Than 5,000 Protesters Arrested in Russia
Navalny’s wife, Yulia, was taken into custody for a second weekend in a row for taking part in the demonstrations. Police have detained over 5,100 people and used unprecedented security measures to try and stop the protests.
Originally published on 31 January 2021
Police have, so far, detained more than 5,100 demonstrators, according to monitoring group OVD-Info.
“If we keep silent, they will come after any of us tomorrow”, she wrote on Instagram before joining the protest.
Police closed off the capital’s Lubyanka Square near the Kremlin where protesters had planned to gather at midday local time. Instead, organisers urged demonstrators to gather at another central square, but authorities cleared them from there as well.
What the protesters are saying
Several demonstrators in Moscow said they were protesting in the hopes of achieving a better Russia with improved living conditions rather than because of Navalny himself.
“Adults are used to being told what to do, being controlled. But young people are used to organising themselves, that’s why I came here today. I want a say in what is happening in my country — I have to live here”, one young protester told DW correspondent Emily Sherwin.
“It’s a disgrace! They’ve stolen everything from us. I live right near oil fields and they are just stealing everything from the people!” said one woman.
"I have a two-year-old son. And if Putin stays in power for the next 16 years, as he is planning to, then my son will grow up with only him in power and I don't think anything good will come of it," said another protester.
Adapted from Deutsche Welle
detained – imprisoned/kept in one place
unprecedented – never used before
demand – ask strongly
opposition leader – the leader of the party that is not currently in power
Kremlin critic’s – the people who do not agree with what the Kremlin are doing
gather – join together/meet
urged – asked (but in a way that shows the action is very important)
chanting – shouting
resign! – quit your job!
in the hopes of – with the aim of
adults are used to being told what to do – for adults, it is normal that people tell them what to do
I want a say – I want my voice to be heard
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