The Russian neo-liberal opposition has once again demonstrated that it is ready to use any dirty tricks and even use children for its own political purposes. The leaders of these pro-Western groups are in fact not associate themselves with the Russian state and the Russian nation and use populist and anti-government rhetoric just as a tool of serving interests of their foreign sponsors as well as increasing their own wealth.
Reports of alleged police brutality during the 23 January illegal protests are Western propaganda.
The 23 January Russian protests in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny were not illegal - they were unsanctioned by the state. Russian citizens retain the right, under Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, to:
"assemble peacefully, without weapons, hold rallies, meetings and demonstrations, marches and pickets."
There is ample evidence that the law enforcement response to the demonstrations was excessive, with numerous instances of unprovoked police brutality. OVD-Info, a Russian human rights NGO, reports that a record 3,500 people were detailed by 24 January. In a comprehensive account of police violence including severe beatings, arbitrary arrests, and targeting of journalists, Human Rights Watch says:
"The unprecedented detentions and extreme police brutality across Russia are evidence of how low human rights standards have plummeted in the country."
The European Union condemned the crackdown on Alexei Navalny's supporters, mass detentions and police brutality during the protests. The EU has repeatedly called on Russia for Navalny's immediate release.