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Russian authorities have detained over 350 people across the country at memorials to honor opposition leader Alexey Navalny, marking a significant crackdown.

The OVD-Info protest monitoring group reported that “359 people had been detained, including at least 74 in Saint Petersburg and 49 in Moscow,” at events commemorating Navalny. This comes after Navalny’s death at a penal colony, where he was serving a 19-year sentence, has spurred global reactions of criticism.

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Navalny’s death was announced after he “fell unconscious and died on Friday after a walk at the ‘Polar Wolf’ Arctic penal colony,” according to the federal prison service. The aftermath saw spontaneous memorials in several cities, with the OVD-Info noting arrests in “32 cities,” from Belgorod to Vorkuta and Nizhny Novgorod.

The public’s tribute to Navalny, involving hundreds of flowers and candles, was largely cleared away in Moscow, with “a few dozen roses and carnations remained in the snow” near a monument to Soviet repression victims.


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