Website Editor in Russia Is Jailed for Sharing Joke About Navalny Protests
“This is an attempt to silence honest and professional journalism,” Echo of Russia’s most famous liberal radio station Moscow said in a statement.
Mr. Smirnov’s jailing came after a night of police violence in central Moscow, where more than a thousand people tried to protest Mr. Navalny’s prison sentence. He was met with a massive display of police force – a Russian outlet reported that more than 8,000 police officers had been deployed – which swept through grand squares and upmarket side streets near the Kremlin.
“We have woken up in a different country, one in which fascists have seized power,” Yevgeny Roizman, former mayor of Yekaterinburg city and Kremlin critic, Wrote on twitter. “They had captured the country before, but they hid it yesterday.”
In addition to Russia, authorities have made more than 10,000 arrests in the past few weeks, according to OVD-Info, an activist group that monitors protests. Those detained in jail or at home include Mr. Navalny’s closest aide within the country and several of his key supporters in the regions.
The Kremlin reiterated on Wednesday that it would not return.
Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dimitri S. “There should not be any kind of non-protest activity,” Peskov told reporters. “Non-protests are cause for concern, confirming that the police are justified in their arduous, legal actions.”
Nevertheless, Mr Navalny’s supporters see momentum on his side, and the allies who have managed to escape from prison told the Russians to be patient and fight. Mr. Navalny’s fame is now far greater than it was only a month ago, with extensive coverage on state television news as well. And, even in prison, he may have a unique ability Unite Russia’s unequal opposition – While those allies who are under relative protection outside the country, they will keep trying to reach the Russians online.