Russian police arrest thousands at pro-Navalny protests

Moscow: Russian police detained thousands of people as protesters took to the streets across the country demanding the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Chanting slogans against President Vladimir Putin, tens of thousands took to the streets Sunday across Russia to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Navalny, keeping up nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin. More than 5,100 people were detained by police, according to a monitoring group, and some were beaten.

Security forces detained Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Navalny, at a protest in Moscow, his supporters said on social media.

Yulia was also detained at a similar demonstration in support of her husband last week.

Despite threats of jail terms, warnings to social media groups and tight police cordons, the protests again engulfed cities across Russia’s 11 time zones on Sunday.

Navalny’s team quickly called another protest in Moscow for Tuesday, when he is set to face a court hearing that could send him to prison for years.

The United States urged Russia to release Navalny and criticized the crackdown on protests.