Protests erupted in several cities on Wednesday in support of Alexei Navalny, one of the critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin. More than 1,600 protesters were detained during the protests.
Thousands of people took to the streets in various Russian cities on Wednesday night, according to Reuters. At that time, they protested demanding the release and medical treatment of Navalny. The largest protests took place in the country’s capital, Moscow.
Under Russian law, protesting without permission can lead to several days in jail or a fine.
Obhidi-Info, an observer organization claims, for taking part in protests in 97 cities in Russia, one of at least 783 people were arrested. The highest number of 605 detainees was from St. Petersburg.
Navalny’s press secretary Kira Yarmish was among those detained on the day. He was sentenced to 10 days in prison for calling for an unauthorized protest.
Anti-Russian leader Alexei Navalny is currently being held in a penitentiary outside Moscow. He has been on hunger strike for several days demanding better treatment there. As a result, his physical condition has deteriorated, doctors said.
UN experts say the way Navalny has been treated is inhumane. Earlier, several Russian doctors had expressed concern over his condition, saying Navalny might die in the next few days. It will not be possible to save him if the treatment is not given importance now.
Doctors said Navalny’s blood tests indicated he could have a cardiac arrest or kidney failure at any time. It could lead to his death.
Navalny was sent to prison last February in an old case. He started his fast from March 31.