Russia: Navalny supporters occupy driveway during unsanctioned rally in Moscow
The Prosecutor General’s Office demands to block websites with calls for actions on January 23
On this day, Navalny’s supporters plan to hold rallies in support of the arrested opposition leader
The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office demanded to restrict access to websites that contain calls to participate in uncoordinated protests on January 23.
Requirements to restrict access to illegal information have been submitted to the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor). Persons calling for illegal actions have been warned about the inadmissibility of violating the law, according to the telegram channel of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
The department noted that they are taking “preventive measures” and, if “there are grounds”, they will bring “the guilty persons to administrative responsibility”.
On the eve of Roskomnadzor demanded from social networks TikTok and VKontakte to remove all materials with “appeals to minors to participate in illegal protest actions”. At the same time, Roskomnadzor called on all social networks and the media to prevent the spread of such calls. Calls to participate in what kind of promotions we are talking about is not specified.
On January 23, supporters of Alexei Navalny announced actions demanding the release of the arrested politician. Navalny himself, in an address to supporters recorded in the building of the OVD, urged them “not to be afraid” and “to take to the streets”.
After that, TikTok users began to publish videos about the protests, and on VKontakte they announced plans to participate in the actions..
According to Meduza, Navalny’s headquarters, the Anti-Corruption Foundation and some media outlets have faced an influx of bots on social networks. What this is connected with is not known exactly. Perhaps bots will seek to block accounts.
Law enforcement agencies across the country suppress protests in support of the arrested Alexei Navalny. Students of schools and universities in the country were threatened with problems, up to expulsion for participation in the rallies “Freedom to Navalny!”, Baza reports.
Navalny was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on January 17, the next day a court in Khimki extended his detention for a month. Presumably, the politician was detained before the trial scheduled for early February to replace his suspended sentence with a real one in a 2012 criminal case.
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