India  

Navalny has a plan to get out of jail... protests

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics - Duration: 02:14s - Published
Navalny has a plan to get out of jail... protests

Navalny has a plan to get out of jail... protests

Russian authorities have arrested several close aides to opposition politician Alexei Navalny in the lead-up to mass protests expected for the weekend.

One ally has now told Reuters that Navalny anticipated his own arrest, and planned the protests to force the Kremlin's hand.

Matthew Larotonda reports.

This woman is Lyubov Sobol, a close ally of the prominent Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

She's in a car with one of his lawyers.

Outside police are waiting to arrest her.

Sobol is one of several people close to Navalny that have now been detained, for promoting illegal mass protests planned for this weekend - demanding Navalny be freed from prison.

In the video she says she "has nothing to hide," and she'll go to the protests anyway.

Sobol was later released but not all of them were.

Reuters has also learned that Navalny knew he would probably be jailed when he returned to Russia from Germany last Sunday, where he'd been recovering from the incident the West says was an attempted poisoning with a chemical weapon.

At the time Navalny said he didn't believe he'd be arrested but the protests, according to one Navalny associate, were planned in anticipation of that scenario - as a way to force the Kremlin's hand for his eventual release.

He is accused of breaking the terms of a separate jail sentence, accusations of embezzlement - charges he says were trumped up.

It's not clear how successful the protest strategy may be.

Seven years ago Navalny was released from prison on parole after mass protests.

But two sources close to the Kremlin say this time will probably be different.

Navalny has become more of a threat, they say.

They don't believe he's a serious threat to President Putin yet - whose approval ratings dwarf Navalny - but the sources also say that the heavy handed way Navalny's return was dealt with was likely boosting his support, and could risk turning him into a martyr.

One said he might be kept behind bars until after September's parliament elections.




You Might Like


💡 newsR Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Alexei Navalny Alexei Navalny Russian politician and anti-corruption activist

'Psychological torture and self-isolation' - life inside Alexei Navalny's prison

Barring the golden domes of its church, Correctional Facility No 2 (IK-2) in the town of Pokrov, 60 miles east of Moscow, is utterly unprepossessing. 
Sky News
Kremlin critic Navalny sent to penal colony [Video]

Kremlin critic Navalny sent to penal colony

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a penal colony outside Moscow to serve his prison sentence, a public commission said on Sunday (February 28), weeks after he returned to Russia after being poisoned. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:10Published

Alexei Navalny begins sentence in Russian penal colony

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has arrived in a penal colony about 100km (60 miles) east of Moscow to begin his sentence.
Sky News

Lyubov Sobol Lyubov Sobol Russian political and public figure, lawyer

Alexei Navalny Makes Court Appeal as Police Crackdown [Video]

Alexei Navalny Makes Court Appeal as Police Crackdown

Alexei Navalny Makes Court Appeal as Police Crackdown on Top Aides Anti-Putin activist Alexei Navalny has called his detention “blatantly illegal" as he appeared in court via video link. The judge rejected Navalny’s appeal against detention for 30 days. The Putin critic complained he hadn’t been allowed to speak to his lawyers privately since his arrest. Officers have arrested some of his top aides, including lawyer Lyubov Sobol and his brother Oleg. Report by Shoulderg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 01:28Published

Germany Germany Country in Central Europe

German artist photographs ballerinas in bubbles [Video]

German artist photographs ballerinas in bubbles

Dancers from the Stuttgart Ballet group performed inside PVC bubbles for German artist Florian Mehnert, in a project which aims to highlight the effects of social distancing.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:40Published
Mother of two wins Miss Germany [Video]

Mother of two wins Miss Germany

A 33-year-old mother of two was crowned Miss Germany on Saturday in a revamped contest which organisers say focused on a woman's conviction and personality rather than her looks, ditching the classic swimsuit walk.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:15Published
Coronavirus pandemic in Europe: Germany to tighten controls at French border [Video]

Coronavirus pandemic in Europe: Germany to tighten controls at French border

Credit: FRANCE 24 English    Duration: 01:38Published
Coronavirus pandemic in Europe: Germany introduces tough checks at some borders [Video]

Coronavirus pandemic in Europe: Germany introduces tough checks at some borders

Credit: FRANCE 24 English    Duration: 01:22Published
Germany limits travel from French region over coronavirus variant [Video]

Germany limits travel from French region over coronavirus variant

Credit: FRANCE 24 English    Duration: 00:48Published

Moscow Kremlin Moscow Kremlin Fortified complex in Moscow, Russia

Thousands mark sixth anniversary of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov [Video]

Thousands mark sixth anniversary of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov

Thousands of Russians, as well as some western diplomats, have marked the sixth anniversary of the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Credit: Euronews English    Duration: 01:05Published
Special report: Navalny's time in Germany [Video]

Special report: Navalny's time in Germany

In Germany’s Black Forest, Alexei Navalny gathered strength, after being poisoned with a nerve agent, and resolve in his single-minded mission: to displace Vladimir Putin. Rosanna Philpott reports.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 04:53Published
Amnesty International revokes Navalny's status [Video]

Amnesty International revokes Navalny's status

Amnesty Internaional has revoked its 'prisoner of conscience' status previously given to Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. It relates to past comments he's made that the NGO say qualify as advocacy of hate. Adam Reed reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:35Published

Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin President of Russia from 1999 to 2008 and again since 2012

Russians mark sixth anniversary of opposition figure Nemtsov's killing [Video]

Russians mark sixth anniversary of opposition figure Nemtsov's killing

Nemtsov was an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his killing on February 27, 2015, was seen as a blow to forces opposing the country's longtime leader.

Credit: euronews (in English)    Duration: 00:50Published

Navalny's wife among thousands marking anniversary of Putin critic's murder

The wife of jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has joined thousands of people in commemorating the anniversary of fellow Putin critic Boris..
Sky News
EU to sanction four Russians over Navalny [Video]

EU to sanction four Russians over Navalny

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to impose sanctions on four senior Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin in response to the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 01:56Published

Related videos from verified sources

Kremlin critic Navalny in court for slander [Video]

Kremlin critic Navalny in court for slander

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny returned in court on Friday for a slander trial despite Western calls for his release. It came the same day as the European Union's top diplomat is in Moscow for..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:53Published
Russian court denies Navalny's release from prison [Video]

Russian court denies Navalny's release from prison

A Russian court has ordered Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to be kept in jail after rejecting an appeal against his detention, a decision that Navalny called predictable.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published