Russia could witness protests this spring surpassing those that rocked the country following the arrest and jailing of Alexei Navalny , an ally of the Kremlin critic has said. It comes amid local media reports that Navalny, who is serving a 2.5-year jail term, has been taken from his prison colony in the Vladimir region to an undisclosed location. By Wednesday afternoon, nearly 400,000 people had registered their intention on the “Free Navalny” website to attend demonstrations in support of the Putin critic. Leonid Volkov, who heads Navalny’s regional headquarters network, said in a series of tweets that this level of support suggested that the turnout would be greater than for the demonstrations in January , which were followed by a brutal crackdown and over 11,000 arrests. Volkov said that by January 23, 128,000 people had registered on Navalny’s website, although many more turned up on the day. So far, he said, many more have registered in Moscow and other Russian cities than had done in January. This suggests that bigger protests are in store and points to a significant problem for Putin , who faces waning popularity and parliamentary elections in September. “Our plan now is for four times… Read full this story
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