The Russian police arrested thousands of people over the weekend as they tried to set off protests in at least 66 cities across seven time zones and there would be more demonstrations next weekend. What would happen to Vladimir Putin realizing that Alexei Navalny was arrested?
The Kremlin twice tried to assassinate Navalny, most recently with a Soviet nerve agent, but the opposition leader just keeps coming back. Literally: He returned from Berlin last week, where he was recovering from near-poisoning – only to redirect his plane to an airport 25 miles from his destination, so that police could arrest him away from supporters , To greet those who had gathered.
He is held in custody for 30 days, pending a hearing on old trumped-up charges that could send him to a penal colony for years.
But Navalny has already recorded one of his killers killing beans about his attempt to spew venom, and has also leaked evidence about Putin’s apparent love-child. His team released a recent report on Putin corruption on Tuesday with more than 70 million views on YouTube.
Most important, his supporters will not give up. According to an estimate, 35,000 performed to protest in Moscow, with more crowds en route to Vladivostok. Meanwhile, Navalny pre-warned, “I don’t plan to either hang myself on a window grill or open my veins or throat with a sharp spoon.”
Putin has a tiger by the tail.