Yuliya Navalny, wife of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, was arrested by the Russian police this Sunday, January 31st. The only reason available till now is her presence in the ongoing protests in Moscow where she was seen rallying in the name of her husband.
Navalny’s team have been vocal about the unjustified detention of their team leader. A tweet following the incident read, Yuliya Navalny has been detained at the protest! “Freedom for the Navalnys!”
Alexey Navalny’s wife is not the only one who has been detained in the past few days as the country gets steeped in national protests. According to the latest OVD-information which is a site that tracks the number of arrests, approximately 2,291 people across the country have been detained owing to the unsanctioned protests. These figures are constantly increasing.
Putin Critic Alexey Navalny’s Wife Detained During A Peaceful Protest Walk In Moscow
Alexey Navalny and his supporters mentioned in a statement that they have been planning these protests all over Russia in about 120 cities starting at noon daily.
Following the arrest of the popular opposition leader, Alexey Navalny protesters are planning to march towards the detention center where Yuliya is being held. However, the police as well as the local authorities have been working hard to prevent the protests that are brewing across the nation currently.
Metro stops that led up to the detention center were closed after the protesters planned their march towards that building. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation’s (FBK) head, Vyacheslav Gimadi, mentioned in a statement that the officers who had detained Alexey Navalny’s wife did not provide clear grounds of her detention. Moreover, they did not identify themselves to the people who were present at the protest rally.
Gimadi posted a tweet that said Yulia was arrested while she was walking at a peaceful rally without enough grounds. Plus, she was not allowed to see her Defense Attorney and the police who detained her hid their IDs before making the arrest.