The Russians bent -60 degrees the weather and the brutality of the police to demand the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Thousands of Russians in 200 cities ranging from Moscow to Siberia curbed subterranean temperatures and police brutality during pro-democracy protests in the country on Saturday.
Demonstrations came in response to the assassination attempt and the arrest of the opposition leader. Alexei Navalny, which sparked anger among Russian citizens.
Navalny was poisoned in August last year and transferred to Germany for treatment, where doctors have confirmed that the chemical agent Novichok has been used. Navalny then helped investigate his own murder with Bellingcat, a news magazine. He is famous called an FSB agent participated and mocked him in a confession.
The leader of the opposition returned to Russia on 17 January, where he was immediately arrested. His team has published another survey two days later, which presumably shows President Vladimir Putin’s palace on the Black Sea. The investigation is accompanied by calls by Navalny to protest on January 23, which have been carefully listened to.
There have been more than 3,000 arrests across the country, including 16 journalists, according to him OVD-Info protest tracking site, the most in the last four years. It is not known how many people across the country took part, but videos and images show what appears to be tens of thousands of people on the streets.
In Siberia, people protested in a climate of -60 degrees.
In Irkutsk, a small town bordering Mongolia, thousands have filled the streets.
Protesters have also lined the streets of the Kremlin in Moscow.
Thousands marched in St. Petersburg.
Protesters in Moscow threw snowballs at nearby police officers.
But it didn’t take long for police to use force during the protests, which had previously been considered illegal.
A video shows a woman being kicked in the stomach. According to Mediazona magazine, the woman had a concussion and was taken to hospital.
In another video, police are seen harassing a child while the crowd yells that he is being let go.
A journalist, who was arrested and later released, recorded people being beaten in police buses.
And another video shows a woman being carried by two men in civilian clothes.
The U.S. Embassy in Russia tweeted in support of the protests, and later Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs he labeled the tweet “hypocrisy”.
Impressive photos and videos largely show protesters gathering against police, sometimes attracting their awareness.
Disappointed by the police response and the government’s condemnation, Navalny’s organization called for more protests next week.
“This is the first step on the road to victory,” the Anti-Corruption Foundation said he tweeted. “Again in a week.”