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Navalny Lawyer Forcefully Detained During Live Interview at Moscow Protests

A lawyer and media producer for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was hauled away by riot police as she spoke to press during an anti-Putin protest in Moscow on January 23.

Footage here shows Lyubov Sobol addressing media before suddenly being grabbed by police. She was then led through the crowd to a waiting police van, which was driven away, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.

Protests had been taking place across Russia that day in support of Navalny, who was detained in Moscow on January 17 after flying back from Germany. Navalny had been in Berlin recovering from his alleged poisoning in August 2020.

The Moscow Times reported that more than 1,900 people had been detained at protests nationwide. Credit: Current Time via Storyful