Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's wife Yulia Navalnaya detained by Russian police at a protest rally in Moscow. She revealed the same on her Instagram handle while she was inside a police van. This comes at a time when thousands of Russians have taken to the streets to oppose President Vladimir Putin's government. The police have already arrested many people who hail Navalny as their hero.
Lyubov Sobol, Kira Yarmysh who are allies of Navalny have been detained by the police. The police have already detained as many as 800 people because of their participation in the 'illegal' nation-wide protests. Kira has been given a short prison sentence.
Yulia wrote on her Instagram in Russian -- which meant: "Sorry for the poor quality. Very bad light in the paddy wagon" -- with an accompanying photo.
"For myself, for him, for our children, for the values and the ideals that we share," said Navalnaya.
Alexei Navalny Jailed
The police began detaining people almost an hour before the protesters met at the central Pushkin Square at 2:00 pm (1100 GMT). It was Navalny himself who sounded the call for the protest. Last weekend, he was arrested after he arrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after spending many months in Germany. The man was poisoned with a nerve agent called Novichok had to be treated in a German hospital. It is said that someone from Putin's government committed the crime, and Navalny himself has accused Putin. However, Putin has refuted these claims completely. Navalny who is an ex-lawyer might have to stay in jail for a long time for opposing against the government. Countries like Germany and the United States have already demanded his release.
Navalny thanked his supporters from the prison on Friday, i.e the eve of the protest rallies. "I know perfectly well that there are lots of good people outside of my prison's walls and help will come," he said.
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