Protests between Navy supporters amid protests by Russia – Photos


On Sunday, protesters staged demonstrations across Russia defying orders not to stage an uncontrolled protest among dissidents and to rally across Russia.

why it matters: The detention of opposition leader Alexey Navalny has united Russians of a wide variety of backgrounds, including those who are against his politics, opposing the authoritarian leadership of President Vladimir Putin, according to the New York Times. They are rallying despite arresting thousands of protesters last week.

Riot police at an unofficial rally in Vladivostok. “Navalny launched a Russian protest movement against the president for the first time,” sociologist Constantin Gez of the Moscow School for Social and Economic Sciences told the NYT. Photo: Yuri Smituk / TASS via Getty Image
A police officer detains a protestor during an unauthorized protest in support of Navalny in the Far East city of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha. Photo: Vadim Scribin / TASS via Getty Image
Moscow’s law enforcement officers guard the Chiste Prudé metro station in front of a planned unauthorized rally. Authorities have stations closed and are restricting movement across the city, the BBC notes. Photo: Natalia Kolenikova / AFP via Getty Image
Protesters and police officers in Yakutsk, where the temperature is -39 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo: Vadim Scribin / TASS via Getty Image
Riot police detained a protestor in Novosibirsk. Photo: Kirill Kukhmar TASS via Getty Image
The scene in St. Petersburg ahead of an unofficial rally in the port city. Photo: Alexander Damianchuk / TASS via Getty Image
Police officers detained a protestor during an unauthorized protest in Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains. Photo: Donet Sorokin / TASS via Getty Image
Novosibirsk police officers detained the protesters. Photo: TASS via Kitty Cookham / Getty Image
Police officers in Vladivostok detained a protestor. Photo: Yuri Smituk / TASS via Getty Image

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with more photos.

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