#Russia Protests, Women in #Moscow and St Petersburg gathered in human chains of solidarity with Yulia Navalnaya and female political prisoners in Russia.
Russian Putin argued that“ambitious, power-hungry” people like Navalny are being cultivated and used by foreign powers to undermine and contain Russia. “We have had a lot of success, and it annoys them. That’s where the containment policy, including in the economy, comes from.”
On Valentine’s Day evening, people stood outside for 15 minutes. They used the flashlight function on their smartphones and arranged candles in the shape of a heart.
The action went ahead under the motto “Love is stronger than fear.”
Organizers described it as a response to the “unprecedented wave of violence and repression” by security forces at past rallies in support of Navalny.
Protesters across Russia tried a new tactic to show support for the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny without being arrested. People posted photos on social media with the hashtag #LoveIsStrongerThanFear in Russian.
Supporters of the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalnyheld novel candle-lit minidemonstrations in residential courtyards across Russia on Sunday.