Navalny's Headquarters Refused to Hold Street Protests Until Spring
OREANDA-NEWS. Leonid Volkov, head of the network of regional headquarters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, announced, that the politician's team will not hold rallies next weekend. He announced this on Thursday, February 4, on the air of the YouTube channel «Navalny Live».
According to him, there is no one in the regions to organize actions, as local coordinators and supporters of Navalny were sent under arrest because of the rallies on January 23 and 31. In addition, holding weekly actions can lead to frustration with the street form of protest. «If we go out every week, we will get thousands more arrested and hundreds more beaten up. The work of the headquarters will be paralyzed and it will be impossible to work on the elections», Volkov explained, adding, that Navalny asked to focus on preparing for the State Duma elections scheduled for the fall of 2021. The next opposition actions are planned for spring and summer.
According to Volkov, his associates intend to ensure, that any conversation between world politicians and Vladimir Putin is limited only to questions about Navalny and his release. «We will use foreign policy methods to get him out of prison», Volkov said.
Russian security forces violently suppressed the protests caused by the detention and arrest of Alexei Navalny, who returned to his homeland from Germany after treatment for the effects of «Novichok» poisoning, and the trial of the politician. According to the estimates of the portal «OVD-Info», more than 11 thousand people were detained in Russia.