Moscow Police Detain Navalny Supporters Amid Nationwide Protests

Thousands of protesters took to the streets across Russia on January 31 to call for the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Moscow Times reported.

Navalny’s organization called for the nationwide protests. It said protests were planned in more than 30 towns and cities across the country.

At least 3,500 protesters were arrested across the country during the Sunday protests, OVD-Info, a local human rights organization, reported.

This footage from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty shows a Moscow police officers forcefully detaining protesters.

Toward the end of the footage, two demonstrators are shown holding gold-colored toilet brushes – a reference to brushes worth several hundreds dollars that were allegedly installed inside the Black Sea palace complex that Navalny says is secretly owned by President Vladimir Putin. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful