İrem UZUN -TDO- Thousands of people turned out in cities across Russia on Sunday to demand the release of detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny. More than two thousand were rounded up in Moscow alone— including Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya, the Kremlin critic's allies said on social media. She was also detained during last weekend's protests. Police have, so far, detained more than 4,100 demonstrators, according to monitoring group OVD-Info.
On Sunday, police detained nearly 2,300 people at protests held in cities across Russia's 11 time zones, according to OVD-Info. In Moscow, authorities introduced unprecedented security measures in the city center, closing subway stations near the Kremlin, cutting bus traffic and ordering restaurants and stores to stay closed. Navalny’s team initially called for Sunday’s protest to be held on Moscow’s Lubyanka Square, home to the main headquarters of the Federal Security Service, which Navalny claims was responsible for his poisoning. Police randomly picked up people and put them into police buses, but hundreds marched across the city center, chanting “Putin, resign!” and Putin, thief!”
Interior ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk denounced the demonstrators. “In the current circumstances, the risk of the protests’ … provocations are increasing, and their aim is to violate civil order. In this situation, your personal safety can be under threat. We strongly recommend you warn your underage children, other relatives and acquaintance from participating in the unauthorized events,” she said.