scow, February 14
Supporters of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny held candle-lit gatherings in residential courtyards across Russia on Sunday despite warnings that they could be arrested.
Navalny’s allies have declared a moratorium on street rallies until the spring after police detained thousands of people. But they sought people to to show solidarity with Navalny by gathering for 15 minutes on Valentine’s Day.
Navalny was arrested last month on his return from Germany following treatment for poisoning, in Siberia, with what many Western countries say was a nerve agent. He was jailed on February 2 for violating parole on what he said were trumped-up charges. He was jailed on February 2 for violating parole on what he said were trumped-up charges. He blames Putin for the poisoning.
Western countries are considering new sanctions against Russia, which has already threatened that it is ready to cut ties with European Union if hit with sanctions. The Kremlin denies any involvement and questions whether Navalny was poisoned. — Reuters