The Kremlin held the United States responsible for the protests of Navalny supporters who wanted the release of the opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who was detained in Russia. Moscow administration accused the United States of interfering with Russia’s internal affairs.
There was the first crisis with Russia after US President Joe Biden took office. Kremlin blamed the US for the protests of Navalny supporters who wanted the release of the opposition figure Alexey Navalny, who was in custody in Russia. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said in an interview with the Russian news agency that Navalny supporters took to the streets, “Of course, these actions are inappropriate. And of course indirectly, there is definitely an intervention in our internal affairs.”
EXPLANATION REQUESTED FROM US DIPLOMATS
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that the warning of the US embassy in Moscow to American citizens should not be present at the locations where the protest by Navalny supporters took place, was an intervention in domestic affairs. Zakharova added that they asked US diplomats for explanation.
PROTEST TO NAVALNY’S ARREST
In the Russian cities of Krasnoyarsk, St Petersburg, Tomsk, Vladivostok and Omsk, activists demanding the release of Alexei Navalny, who was detained at the call of Navalny supporters, organized a protest. More than 3,000 people took part in the demonstration in the capital city of Moscow. While the police intervened harshly from time to time against the demonstrators, many people were detained in demonstrations across the country.