More than 110 people arrested across Russia during Navalny memorial rallies – rights group

MOSCOW, Feb 17 (Reuters) – More than 110 people were detained at an event in Russia commemorating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most formidable domestic opponent, Alexei Navalny, who died on Friday, rights group OVD Info said. He said.

Navalny, a 47-year-old former lawyer, died on Friday after losing consciousness while walking in the Arctic penal colony Polar Wolf, where he was serving a 30-year sentence, authorities said.

OVD-Info, which reports on freedom of assembly in Russia, reported that as of 7:36 p.m. Japan time on Saturday, more than 110 people were detained for spontaneous assembly in 13 cities across Russia.

At least 69 people were detained in St. Petersburg, according to OVD-Info.

“Each police station may have more detainees than the published list,” OVD-Info said. “We will only release the names of people who have reliable knowledge and are able to release their names.”

Reuters could not immediately confirm the number.

On Friday, most of the hundreds of flowers and candles placed in Moscow in memory of Navalny were removed overnight in black bags. Russian mourners spoke of despair and apathy after Navalny’s death. (Reuters, writing: Alexander Murrow)

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