Demonstration took place in Helsinki in support of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny

About 60 people gathered on Senate Square, holding posters demanding the release of Navalny and stopping Putin.

A demonstration took place in Helsinki in support of the detained Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

According to police, about 60 people gathered on Senate Square in the center of Helsinki. Due to crown restrictions, people gathered in small groups.

In their hands they held posters with the slogans “Freedom to Alexei Navalny”, “Russia without Putin”, “I am not afraid and you are not afraid”, “I am not afraid of the bunker grandfather”, “Help us stop the Kremlin criminals” , “Freedom for political prisoners”, “We demand that Finland investigate Putin’s ties with people who are on the US sanctions list,” “Stop Putin,” and others.

The protest rally was reported to have been calm.

A similar rally in support of Navalny took place in Helsinki a week ago.

In Russia, people hold rallies in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities. The police brutally disperse people, over 3,000 people have been detained, including Navalny’s wife Yulia.

Events in Moscow are also covered by Yle’s own correspondent Erkka Mikkonen . Last week he was hit by riot policemen during a report.

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