DISINFO: The protests in Russia were a failure
  • Outlet: gazeta.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 31, 2021
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia
Alexei Navalny Protest

DISINFO: The protests in Russia were a failure


In two words: a failure and a disappointment. No coordination whatsoever, very small numbers. Together with journalists and curious bystanders maybe up to two thousand.


Pro-Kremlin media are attempting to downplay the country-wide protests in Russia in support of Alexei Navalny.

The Russian civil rights’ NGO OVD-info has documented over 1,800 detained in Moscow alone during the manifestation 31 January, 2021. Around 4,000 people have been detained country-wide. This number equals the numbers detained during the manifestations 23 January, 2021.

Police authorities in most major cities limited the access to city centres, making it virtually impossible to reach meeting points. Despite heavy police presence, several thousands gathered to express support to Alexei Navalny, currently under custody in Moscow.


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