The aides of the detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on Tuesday for new rallies against the government this weekend in front of the Moscow headquarters of the Security Agency of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the offices of the presidential administration of Vladimir Putin.
The team of the 44-year-old opposition person posted an event on Facebook calling on his supporters in Moscow to gather in Lubyanka Square in front of FSB headquarters and Staraya Square on Sunday at 12 noon (GMT), where the presidential administration has its offices.
The team said the protesters will then march through the Russian capital from the two squares, which are about a kilometer apart along a street in central Moscow.
“The direction of the march is determined according to the situation,” wrote the organizers.
Russian police arrested nearly 3,900 people – a record for a single day – on Saturday at rallies in more than 100 cities across the country where protesters called for Navalny to be released and protested against the government.
The Kremlin critic was arrested almost two weeks ago when he came to Moscow from Germany, where he was recovering from a poisoning attack with a Soviet-era nerve agent.
Navalny accuses the Federal Security Service of carrying out the poisoning on Putin’s orders, an allegation the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.
Leonid Volkov, head of the Navalny regional network, told AFP that the organizers had decided to gather protesters at the FSB because they were the “poisoners” and the presidential administration because they “make the decision whether Navalny will be detained or released should”.
“Of course we appeal to them,” he said.
Volkov had previously urged Russians to rally to pressure the authorities to release Navalny before he will be tried on February 2 for violating a 2014 suspended sentence.
The Kremlin critic could be jailed for more than three years if the court rules in favor of the Russian prison service, according to which Navalny did not check twice a month during his recovery in Germany.
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