Navalny releases video of 'Putin's palace'

Navalny releases video of 'Putin's palace'

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has said he does not plan to commit suicide and thanked his supporters in his first statement since being jailed in one of Moscow's most notorious prisons upon his return to Russian Federation.

Opposition supporters and independent journalists have been approached by police officers with official warnings against protesting.

Mr Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and the Kremlin's fiercest critic, was arrested on Sunday when he returned to Russian Federation from Germany, where he had spent almost five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin.

More than a dozen activists and Navalny allies in several Russian regions have been detained as well.

"Administrative action will be taken against internet platforms", the watchdog said adding that failure to remove "banned information" could result in fines of up to 4 million rubles ($54,000).

"Putin is doing everything to intimidate you", Ivan Zhdanov, the head of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, wrote on Facebook.

Several of Navalny's allies in Russian Federation said police had come to their homes, including that of his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh, who was later detained for allegedly disobeying police orders and violating protest laws.

Navalny's associates in Moscow and other regions have been detained in the lead-up to the rallies.

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Yarmysh, a 31-year-old Navalny spokeswoman who spent the night in jail, is accused of violating legislation on public gatherings and could be detained for 10 days, her lawyer Veronika Polyakova told AFP.

State communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, for its part, cautioned social media platforms against encouraging minors to participate in the rallies.

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has alleged Vladimir Putin owns a billion-dollar palace with fraudulently obtained funds.

Navalny made his allegations in a video his team released online, which has been viewed more than 35 million times.

Navalny blames his poisoning on President Vladimir Putin's government, which has denied it.

Following Navalny's arrest and latest graft report, many Russians took to social media - including TikTok, a video app popular among teens, and even dating app Tinder - to voice support and urge a large turnout on Saturday.

"This is not about politics but about civil society and justice", she said.

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