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Over 1,600 Arrested During Anti-Kremlin Protests

Over 1,600 protesters across the country were arrested on Saturday, according to an international pro-democracy organization, after thousands gathered to support Alexei Navalny, one of the Kremlin’s most notable critics.Police had arrested over 500 protesters in Moscow and 212 in St. Petersburg, independent non-governmental organization OVD Info said, the BBC reported. Ninety-two people were arrested in Novosibirsk, a Siberian city where protests occurred in sub-zero temperatures, and 35 were arrested in Vladivostok, a Russian city about 100 miles from North Korea.  Protesters gathered in Russian cities Saturday to demand Navalny’s release from jail. Navalny has led sweeping anti-corruption campaigns across Russia and has amassed an enormous support network despite strict censorship from state media. Protesters gathered to demand Navalny’s release, according to the Associated Press. Navalny’s wife, Yulia, announced that she was also arrested while protesting in Moscow. @ioannZH shares photo of Navalny protest in Yakutia, where its -50 c pic.twitter.com/MUq0ZEkwXe — Jake Rudnitsky (@Rudnit) January 23, 2021 Navalny, who returned to Russia after spending five months recovering from a deadly nerve agent attack that multiple foreign governments and Navalny himself have alleged was authorized by the Kremlin, was immediately arrested once his plane landed and sentenced to

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