US denounces Russia’s ‘harsh tactics’ against protesters for Navalny’s release

State Department calls detention of over 2,500 demonstrators ‘troubling’

Protesters clash with riot police during a rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in downtown Moscow on January 23, 2021(Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States — Washington on Saturday rebuked Moscow over its use of “harsh tactics” against protesters demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Police clashed violently with protesters in Moscow and arrested more than 2,500 in cities across the country Saturday as Russians took to the streets to denounce Kremlin rule and demand the release of Navalny.