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18 May


Unauthorized actions in support of Alexei Navalny were held in the cities of the Russia Far East

More than 100 people detained

Photo: New Newspaper

/NOVOSTIVL/ In Vladivostok, law enforcement officers detained more than 20 people at a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The protesters went to the central square of Vladivostok. RIA Novosti, citing the Primorye government, reported that 300 to 500 people are taking part in the action.

According to OVD-Info, eight people were detained in Vladivostok. Law enforcement officials have promised to release the detainees from the paddy wagons if the crowd disperses.

Journalist Yuri Dud came to the rally in Vladivostok. According to him, he came to the city for a different reason, but on the day of the protest he decided to express his civil position. “I came here on musical, cultural and friendly matters not related to this [protests], I simply could not do anything about the trip, so I came here,” Dud said.

Uncoordinated protests in support of Navalny are also taking place in Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Blagoveshchensk, Yakutsk and other cities. According to OVD-Info, by 11:20 Moscow time, 125 people were detained in 15 cities. Of these, 23 - in Vladivostok, 23 - in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, 13 - in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, 13 - in Yakutsk.

At the same time, in Yakutsk, local residents went to a rally in support of Navalny in a 50-degree frost, reports News.Ykt.Ru. In Blagoveshchensk, an unauthorized rally took place on Victory Square, near the Arc de Triomphe. Asn24.ru reports, people stood in small companies and alone without posters, without shouting slogans.

In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the protests were originally planned on the square near the government house, but there they began to dismantle the New Year's tree and fenced off the entire perimeter of the square. In this regard, the protesters gathered in the park near the Chekhov Center. At the height of the rally, there were about 400 people, Sakh.com reports.