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More than 200 people detained in Moscow in connection with Navalny hearing

Source: OVD-Info

Ahead of Alexey Navalny’s hearing on Tuesday, February 2, police cordoned off the area around the Moscow City Court and began making arrests in the vicinity. According to the independent monitor OVD-Info, at least 237 people have been detained so far today.

Update. Around 7:00 p.m. Moscow time, OVD-Info reported that the arrest count had exceeded 325 people.

Near the Preobrazhenskaya Ploshchad Subway Station (located not far from the courthouse), a Proekt correspondent witnessed six young people being loaded into a police van that already had 23 others inside. 

Reporting from the scene, a Dozhd correspondent said that police officers were only detaining young people. 

Police have reportedly detained several journalists, as well. According to the Telegram-channel Avtozak Live, a correspondent for the media outlet Sota Vision was arrested outside the Moscow City Court. A journalist working for Open Media was also detained, as well as two correspondents from the pro-Kremlin media outlet Mash. 

Alexey Navalny’s hearing will determine whether or not he will be imprisoned for 3.5 years for violating his probation in the Yves Rocher case. The complaint against Navalny was filed by Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, on the grounds that he violated his parole while in Germany, where he spent nearly five months recovering after being poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve agent in August 2020. 

From Navalny’s last hearing

‘The power is on your side now — but this won’t last forever’  Alexey Navalny’s statement in court during the hearing challenging his detention

From Navalny’s last hearing

‘The power is on your side now — but this won’t last forever’  Alexey Navalny’s statement in court during the hearing challenging his detention

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