Thousands in Krasnodar Join Protests Calling for Navalny's Release

Police in Russia arrested more than 2,800 demonstrators during countrywide protests on Saturday, January 23, in support of the detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny, reports said.

This footage shows demonstrators in Krasnodar, a city in the south of Russia. Large demonstrations also took place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladivostok, among other cities.

The OVD-Info group that monitors political persecution said more than 2,800 people had been detained across dozens of towns and cities.

Navalny was detained in Moscow on January 17 after flying back from Germany, where he had been treated for Novichok nerve-agent poisoning. A joint investigation carried out by Bellingcat, CNN, and Der Spiegel implicated Russian intelligence agents in the poisoning. Credit: @zakkrodi via Storyful