Kremlin Rejects US, EU Call To Free Detained Protesters As Court Fines Opposition Leader Navalny

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One day after snap protests against corruption and Russia PM Medvedev broke out across numerous Russian cities, leading to the detention of hundreds of protesters as well as opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, the Russian opposition activist was found guilty of staging an unsanctioned rally, and will be fined 20,000 rubles (US$350) for his role in organizing what the authorities said was an illegal protest in Moscow on Sunday.

The Russian protests, estimated to be the biggest since a wave of anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2011/2012, come a year before a presidential election that Vladimir Putin is expected to contest, running for what would be a fourth term.

The same court was due, later on Monday, to consider a separate charge against Navalny of disobeying a police officer.

The Russian opposition activist Aleksey Navalny

"Those who claimed on the previous day in pseudoacademic language that the event was lawful and in no way violated the law – they were telling blatant lies,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday, referring to the organizers of the event.

As reported on Sunday, Navalny was detained shortly after arriving at an anti-corruption protest in downtown Moscow on Sunday. He was charged with violating a law on public gatherings and faced a fine, community service, or administrative detention. Moscow police have officially confirmed that they detained some 500 demonstrators.

Approximately 8,000 people took part in the protest in Russia’s capital, law enforcement officials reported. As the rally continued, police used loudspeakers to call on the protesters to disperse.

Protesters turned up despite failing to obtain a permit from the mayor’s office to hold a rally at the site of their choosing. The authorities had suggested two alternative venues, which the organizers rejected. Moscow police said that taking part in the unsanctioned rally could pose a safety risk and advised people against it. Similar rallies, some unsanctioned and others permitted by local authorities, were attended by thousands of people across Russia on Sunday.

Additionally, on Monday the Kremlin rejected calls by the United States and the European Union to release opposition protesters detained during what it said were illegal demonstrations the previous day and accused organizers of paying teenagers to attend.

Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev's spokeswoman has called corruption allegations against him "propagandistic attacks," saying they amount to pre-election posturing by Navalny, who hopes to run against Putin next year.

According to Reuters, which cites opinion polls, the liberal opposition, which Navalny represents, has little chance of fielding a candidate capable of unseating Putin, who enjoys high ratings. But Navalny and his supporters hope to channel public discontent over official corruption to attract more support.

On Sunday, the U.S. and the European Union both issued statements calling on Russia to free detained protesters, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday such calls were wide of the mark. "We can't agree with these calls," Peskov told reporters on a conference call, saying the police had been professional and properly enforced Russian law.

He said the Kremlin had no problem with people expressing their opinions at protest meetings, but said the timing and location of such events had to be agreed with the authorities in advance, something which he said had not been done in large part on Sunday.

The authorities are concerned opposition activists will try to encourage people to break the law again in future, he said. "We can't respect people who deliberately misled minors -- in essence children -- calling on them to take part in illegal actions in unsanctioned places and offering them certain rewards to do so, thus putting their lives at risk," said Peskov.

"What we saw yesterday in certain places, and especially in Moscow, was a provocation." He said police had gathered factual evidence that some teenagers, who had been detained, had been paid cash by protest organizers to attend.

The Kremlin would listen to what people who took part in other sanctioned anti-government protests in some Russian cities had said on Sunday, Peskov promised.

Needless to say, the US and EU, which have accused Russia of hacking the US election and of being behin attempts to manipulate both the Brexit vote and the upcoming French election, were not amused.

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BlindMonkey's picture

Time to tear apart Navalny's life and find his connections to the West.  I assume he is under continous electronic monitoring by the FSB.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

What a coincidence...

Do (((they))) really think (((they))) have a chance in hell of destabilizing Russia?

The fucking chutzpah to think all (((their))) problems will be solved by such an action.

fx's picture

Tens of thousands of journalists, teachers, lawyers, judges, policmen etc. have been put in jail in Turkey (who didn't even take part in any protest or other political activity) and hundreds of - mostly kurdish - civilians have been brutally killed by the Turkish army and we have yet to hear a call for the release of all these thousands and thousands of people and for reastraint out of washington D.C. or Brussels. And of course not from berlin, where chancellor merkel is way too busy giving Erdogan one bj a day.

FrozenGoodz's picture

These times will be remembered as the Golden Age for Russia ... all thanks to Defendant Donald Trump 

Latina Lover's picture

Arrest a few hundred Soros paid stooges: almost universal MSM  fake news coverage.  Pick your liars, be they the NYC, WP, FP etc, , they all sound the same.


Kill millions of innocents in the Middle East prosecuting wars on behalf of the Neocons/Neoliberals:.....crickets.

No wonder the russians couldn't give a rats ass what the west has to say on human rights.

land_of_the_few's picture

How about he paints his face brilliant orange this time, as a bail condition.

Belrev's picture

The West should stop interfering in Russia's political process. This is illegal.

Anyway, back in USA Executive order 12139 allows for surveillance WITHOUT a court order by Attorney General.

The Wizard's picture

Liberty is not a friend to governments. Governments want to control people's lives. In order to best control their lives governments need to be snoop dogs and need to steal as much as possible to pay for the resources necessary to do snooping. The Bolsheviks took over the West with a silent bankster coup. The Bolsheviks took iover Russia with a more violent coup and it appears Russia is attempting to purge them from the country. The Bolsheviks have always tried to keep Russia and Germany enemies with each other.

There is no doubt the US is becoming more like China as it pertains to liberty. It appears Russia is attempting to create more of a balance when it comes to liberty. One big difference between the US, Russia and China is firearm laws. I don't see many Russians or Chinese with firearms.

sinbad2's picture

That's because the US wants to bury the story that it tried to assassinate Erdogan.

The US did exactly the same thing when it shot down the Iranian passenger plane. When Iran retaliated, and took out an American passenger plane(Lockerbie) the US blamed Libya.

JFK, the Oklahoma bombing, the Boston bombing, 911 always involve US Government coverups. 

The greatest threat to the USA is the truth.

A Nanny Moose's picture

(((They))) have never destabilized Russia before? The question is whether the people have acquired ethics and returned to spirituality in the period since the Bolshevik revolution.

(((They))) need to realize that a planet full of anti-semitic, darkies, is not in (((their))) best interests.

shovelhead's picture

Smells like Podesta and Bob Creamers work trying to interfere with Russian elections.

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

There is nothing to find. The guy went thru "qualification upgrades" at Yale, as all-Yeltsin era "democrats" who robbed the country.

He was a part of the "Yale World Fellow Program".

TAALR Swift's picture

No need for the FSB to monitor him.

The CIA, NSA and FISA Courts got it covered.

sinbad2's picture

The Russians should quietly kill off these traitors American handlers.

caconhma's picture

There are no fucking Russians in Russia. Jewish Bolsheviks and Stalin killed almost all of them.

As for Putin, he is another zionist-puppet.

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

Dude, Stalin cannot be a part of Joowish Bolshevism and antisemite at the same time-this is mental disorder.

Berspankme's picture

Sounds like meddling in another countries affairs to me

Stanley Lord's picture

All you piece of shit, warmongering liberals out there that hate Putin, he is a dove compared to what else is in the Kremlin.


Volkodav's picture

mostly agree

certain are hardline and others not


sinbad2's picture

You're right there, if the US killed Putin, which they tried to do, when they shot down MH17, the Russian generals would flatten every square inch of America, and go house to house to eliminate any survivors.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Plausible Deniability is the name of the game. If the Deep State could of pulled off the False Narrative PsyOp of Russia influencing our Elections the Deep State could & will hack into Russia's National Elections next March. Call it pay back.

The Deep State's destabilization campaign in Ukraine especially Crimea was part of the ZioNeoConFascist Agenda to destabilize Russia during their upcoming elections.

Putin countered by expelling all Geroge Sorros NGO's from Russia. However, rest assured those destabilization cells are in place to ready to be activated come Russia's next election cycle.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

George Soros farted!...

The Russian Federation needs to jump all over that fact IMMEDIATELY and throw out all of U.S. State DEPT/CIA-"DU" in their Country that organized it packing home to the States!

Party IS OVER for Washington and London.

After the announcement last month that Russia is officially the #1 oil producer in the World, Paid off all it's post-Soviet debts, and has it's own balance of payment credit system MIR to replace SWIFT!

To the Anglo-American brainwashed German people and Anglela Merkel going on 72 years of indoctrination!... Come on in!... The water is FINE!!!

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a) demonstrators not soros funded

b) demonstrators not western funded


put-in administration arranged the demos on its own. they are not western funded demos.

demonstrators look so dumb and dislikable they only benefit put-ins agenda to shift peeople to his side


(((navalny))) is working for put-in

lmao 2017 is when usa is played by russia.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Bought and paid for Langley/Soros troll!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And the "reading between the lines" proof that is the longest "digit"

Won't be long now!

land_of_the_few's picture

Well at least they are not posting so much of their fake antisemitic stuff today. Shameful troglodytes, disgusting uentermenschen.

QuiteVoiceFromRussia's picture

b) Those are just common people who want to be heard. And yes I was one of them yesturday.


Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"b) Those are just common people who want to be heard. And yes I was one of them yesturday."

If I were you QV I'd start using what little of that brain you have to exchange your holdings of USD for Ruble sooner rather than later.

I take it that if indeed you are Russian you are not one of the more dynamic and well educated folk that would be ripe for bribery given your occupation as a toilet cleaner or "ditch digger"?... Is it the result of you being a "fetal alcohol" syndrome infant post delivery circa 1992???...

An "aid" for your de-programming phase ( that is both educational and informative for your future survival. My advice is that you should be grateful that you don't live in my Country the United States of America that is long "rear view mirror" and short "windscreen"!


If you are Russian? You are too pathetic to even "down arrow"

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Rallies are generally not an indicator - it is quite natural that the enemies of Russia, feeling a burning sensation in the anus, go on them actively.

Normal people when they feel that everything is going more or less normally, at rallies do not go. They are many more than such provocateurs, no doubt.

neutrino3's picture

With free education, free healthcare, free meal, free accommodation ... what is it that you want to be heard about? What is it so secret?

1990+ Oblivion?

land_of_the_few's picture

The howling empty desert in their wallets and heads wants to be heard too. Have they considered taking up poledancing instead of pro-am rioting?

Volkodav's picture

      moscow is excess of poledancers already...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Volkodav? Nice Zion-Kike trick disguising yourself through another Avatar!

On that note brother those "pole dancers" in Moscow only accept Ruble these days not USD.

Bet you wish you could step back into the time machine to 1995 when child prostitutes and organs were freely traded in nothin but "Murcian" in that Country!!!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Dude, Volkodav is cool. You must have mistaken him for someone else.

Mike Masr's picture

During the USA, Occupy Wall Street Protests citizens were water cannoned, tear gassed, pepper sprayed, baton beaten and arrested en masse.

I guess its okay when we do it. Please don't do what we do, only do what we tell YOU to do!  Hypocrisy at its finest!!


Able Ape's picture

Well, in NK, he would have been invited to the "Catch an Anti-Aircraft Shell With Your Teeth" contest - one of Dear Leader's favorite games...

BlindMonkey's picture

Oooo.  I love that game.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Meh....javelin catching requires moar skillz. Scooter (mobility chair) jousting should be an Olympic sport

land_of_the_few's picture

Then he would have red on him, instead of the green that he applied so carefully. As a person who used stage makeup to go deep blue once, I can sympathise with the effort required to put the green on so well as he did, and also the showering time required to get it out!

Sokhmate's picture

Needless to say, the US and EU, which have accused Russia of hacking the US election and of being behin attempts to manipulate both the Brexit vote and the upcoming French election, were not amused

Russia: we're not in the business of amusement. You've got Hollywood for that shit.

Diatom's picture

Those white thighs are awesome...


rejected's picture

It seems it's game on again. The Western whiners interfering trying to create their 'color' revolutions in countries they accuse of interfering in Western elections.Did the same shit in Belarus.

Better relations with Russia,,, right. Reduce ME wars,,, right.  At least Hillary was upfront about it.

Fool me once, your fault,,, fool me twice, my fault.

MAGA,,, right.


Fireman's picture

Just ship the libtard zionazi bought and paid for snowflakes to USSA. We need all the extra snowflakes we can get for the fast approaching civil war reloaded.

zeroboris's picture
Kremlin Rejects US, EU Call To Free Detained Protesters

What?! Most have already fined and freed. Alas Russian fines are ridiculously small. I think Russian authorities should sanction this rally in Moscow and other cities. About 30% yesterday were under-ages, which participation in such events is forbidden. If the rally had been sanctioned Navalny would have got smaller crowd, virtually zero detainees and lower level of hysteria on the West.