4 days soon after becoming arrested by Russian authorities, Alexei Navalny, a longtime critic of President Vladimir Putin, has been hospitalized with what his spokeswoman has described as an “allergic reaction.”
Navalny, a single of the most prominent leaders of Russia’s opposition movement, was arrested soon after calling for protests on Saturday against the exclusion of opposition candidates from city council elections in Moscow. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison.
The demonstration drew thousands of supporters. Russian police detained far more than 1,300 persons according to the OVD-Information group, an independent monitor that tracks police departments in Russia.
On the day of his arrest, Navalny posted an Instagram video saying that police arrested him as he left his apartment to go for a jog and obtain flowers for his wife’s birthday.
Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokeswoman, wrote in a Twitter post that he had been hospitalized on Sunday morning with “serious swelling of the face and skin redness.”
She mentioned that the bring about of Navalny’s allergic reaction was unknown and that “he had in no way suffered from such reactions in the previous.” The Related Press reported that according to Yarmysh, as of Sunday afternoon in Moscow, Navalny was in “satisfactory situation.”
Election authorities barred opposition candidates from the upcoming election for Moscow’s city council since they mentioned the candidates did not have adequate valid signatures on nominating petitions. Candidates are needed to gather about five,000 signatures to run for election. The opposition candidates say they’ve been kept from the ballot for political motives.
Early Saturday, Moscow police rounded up and detained various higher-profile opposition politicians, which includes Ilya Yashin, Dmitry Gudkov and Ivan Zhdanov.
The 45-seat Moscow City Duma is controlled by the pro-Kremlin United Russia celebration. These seats have a 5-year term, and the complete council is up for reelection on Sept. eight.
NPR’s Moscow correspondent, Lucian Kim, wrote in a tweet, “Explanation for crackdown: Permitting even a handful of opposition politicians into Moscow city council would grant them legitimacy and exposure. And that could be a slippery slope to additional erosion of Kremlin energy.”
Explanation for crackdown: Permitting even a handful of opposition politicians into Moscow city council would grant them legitimacy and exposure. And that could be a slippery slope to additional erosion of Kremlin energy.
— Lucian Kim (@Lucian_Kim) July 27, 2019
Final week, Kim reported that Putin’s approval rating has dropped in current years. He noted, “The celebration has grow to be so unpopular nationally that Putin ran for reelection as an independent final year. In upcoming Moscow city council elections, United Russia members have abandoned the celebration ticket and registered as independents.”
The selection to bar some candidates from the city council election has triggered several protests across Russia this month.