Over 2,000 arrested in Russia at Navalny rallies; clashes in Moscow

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Police detain a man during a protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in People gather in Saint Petersburg, Russia, January 23, 2021. (AP/Dmitri Lovetsky)

MOSCOW — Russian police on Saturday detained over 2,000 people, including the wife of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, as several thousands took to the streets nationwide to denounce President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

The OVD-Info monitor reported that police seized at least 2,131 demonstrators at the protests held in dozens of cities, with 795 arrests carried out in the capital Moscow.

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