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Kremlin says mass detentions at Navalny protests are not repressions – Metro US

Kremlin says mass detentions at Navalny protests are not repressions

Russian opposition leader Navalny attends a court hearing in Moscow
Russian opposition leader Navalny attends a court hearing in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Thursday rejected allegations of Russian state repression against opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s supporters and said police had made mass detentions because protesters broke the law by taking part in illegal rallies.

Police have detained thousands of people in recent weeks for taking part in rallies against Navalny’s jailing, according to a protest monitor.

(Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Katya Golubkova)

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