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56 detained during Navalni’s funeral

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56 detained during Navalni’s funeral

-PHOTODAY- BERLIN, 02/24/2024.- A portrait of the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny among floral offerings and a candle in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin, Germany, February 24, 2024. Ukraine turns 24 February two years since Russian troops entered its territory, starting a conflict that has caused destruction and a humanitarian crisis. Alexei Navalny has died at the age of 47 in a penal colony, the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District announced on February 16, 2024. EFE/FILIP SINGER

The Russian police arrested at least 56 people this Friday in fourteen cities in this country during the farewell day of the Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalnywho was buried after dying two weeks ago in an Arctic prison.

According to OVD-Info, an organization that protects the rights of detainees, the cities with the highest number of arrests are Novosibirsk, Yekaterimburgo y Moscowwith 14, 10 and 6 detained, respectively.

Police also made arrests in Voronezh, Boiler, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladikavkaz, St. Petersburg, Ulan-Ude y Sochiamong other.

Among those detained is the vice president of the Moscow branch of the opposition party Yábloko, Andréi Mórevarrested by police in the Moscow metro after the funeral, OVD-Info indicated.

The late Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny (C) takes part in a Boris Nemtsov memorial march marking the fifth anniversary of his assassination in Moscow, Russia, February 29, 2020 (reissued January 13, 2021 ). EFE / EPA / YURI KOCHETKOV

As Morev told the Telegram channel Mozhem obyasnit (We can explain), law enforcement officers arrested him and a colleague at the Mariino station, near the cemetery, and have not yet charged him.

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Two other people were arrested in the vicinity of the cemetery, according to the journalist. Alexandr Pliuschev and the Telegram channel Avtozak Livededicated to reporting arrests.

According to the channel, one of them was arrested after shouting “Who killed Navalni?”

At the Liublinó metro station, two stations from the cemetery, the former vice president of the PARNAS movement, Mikhail Shneider, was arrested, according to OVD-info.

According to the police, Shnéider “looked like a man declared wanted.”

Tens of thousands of Russians turned out today, with flowers in their hands and shouts of “Russia will be free”, “Russia without Putin”, “Naval”, «Liosha (short for Alexéi), we are with you»to Navalni’s burial in the Borísovo cemetery in the Russian capital.

The lines to say goodbye to Navalny stretched for several kilometers, scenes that had not been seen in this country for many years. In anticipation of such a massive display of affection, the Orthodox church of Máriino woke up surrounded by an unprecedented police cordon made up of hundreds of law enforcement officers.

Despite the intense police operation, the farewell was peaceful. EFE (I)

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