The demonstrations were held on the same day Putin said in his annual state of the nation address that any country that threatens Russian Federation will regret it "in a way they've never regretted anything before".
Police arrested almost 1,500 people Wednesday during a day of demonstrations throughout Russian Federation calling for freedom for imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose health reportedly is in severe decline after three weeks of hunger striking, according to a group that monitors political detentions. While some violent detentions, with police using stun guns, were reported in St. Petersburg, in many cities the demonstrations went on without clashes with law enforcement.
"I think that, in general, the Kremlin did fix the problem connected with Navalny's return and is not that much afraid of the wave of protests due to very tough measures last winter", explained Petrov, whose current work involves deconstructing the decision-making process in Russian Federation, something that remains largely hidden from the public eye. His worsening health in Russian custody had raised alarm in the West.
"And only then discuss these issues with representatives of third countries, which in this the case is Russia", Putin said. "And where it will be - we will determine that ourselves", Putin said. Prison officials rebuffed attempts by his doctors to visit him there.
He began his state-of-the-nation speech by hailing the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the quick development of three coronavirus vaccines underlined Russia's technological and industrial potential.
The Russian leader added that the countries of the nuclear five had a special responsibility, and expressed the hope that the initiative for meeting in person of the heads of state - permanent members of the UN Security Council, which Russia put forward a year ago, would take place as soon as the pandemic permitted.
He announced new lump-sum payments to families and expectant mothers, as well as a 10,000 ruble ($130) payment for all schoolchildren in mid-August.
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"It looks like a new sports game who will manage to say something louder than the others, " he said, as quoted by Russian news agency TASS", he said.
In Moscow, Navalny spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh and Lyubov Sobol, one of his most prominent associates, were detained by police in the morning.
Spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said she was also detained at the entrance to the building, while independent monitor OVD-Info said police had conducted searches and detained at least 53 people in 27 cities.
But he said he would stop the strike after having been examined by non-prison doctors, something he called "a huge progress".
Doctors over the weekend warned that the 44-year-old's health was deteriorating to such an extent he could die at "any minute", while the United States threatened Russian Federation with "consequences" in the event of his death.
He blames Russian authorities for the attack with nerve agent Novichok - a claim the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.
He is now serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence.
Isolated behind prison walls and with his health failing amid fears of lingering effects from a poisoning with a chemical weapon past year, Mr. Navalny had demanded treatment from doctors of his choosing.