Security forces detained at least 1,770 supporters of the jailed, hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny amid protests across Russia Wednesday, according to the independent monitoring group OVD-Info.
The big picture: At least 30 protesters were arrested in Moscow, 805 in St. Petersburg and 119 in the Urals city of Ufa, among dozens of other cities, the group estimates.
Navalny representative Kira Yarmysh was among those confined in the Russian capital, per associate Ruslan Shaveddinov.
Of note: The captures came as President Vladimir Putin gave an admonition toward the West against meddling in the Kremlin’s undertakings, in the midst of developing strain over the stricken Navalny and a development of Russian soldiers close to Ukraine.
Putin said Russia’s reaction would be “hilter kilter, speedy and extreme” if the West crossed a “red line,” per the New York Times.