Russian police detained Yulia Navalnaya, the spouse of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, at a protest in Moscow on Saturday, she wrote on her Instagram from inside a police van.
Police have declared the rallies in Moscow and dozens of different cities unlawful and have arrested lots of of individuals.
Cellphone and web companies in Russia suffered outages on Saturday as police cracked down on anti-Kremlin protesters, the monitoring website downdetector.ru confirmed.
The authorities typically intervene with cellular communication networks to make it tougher for protesters to speak amongst themselves and share video footage on-line.
Police detained greater than 200 folks in Russia’s Far East and Siberia on Saturday as protesters defied bitter chilly and a ban by authorities to stage nationwide rallies to demand Navalny’s launch.
In Moscow, police on Saturday started detaining folks forward of a rally within the Russian capital in assist of Navalny, a Reuters reporter mentioned.
A number of hundred folks had gathered simply over an hour earlier than the rally was because of begin. The reporter mentioned he noticed police detain 11 folks and that detentions have been persevering with.
Navalny known as on his supporters to protest after being arrested final weekend when he returned to Moscow for the primary time after being poisoned in August with a military-grade nerve agent. Navalny had been handled in Germany.