At the beginning of 2021, a wave of protests in support of opposition politician Alexei Navalny swept through Russia. January 31, 2020, will be remembered by many for the widest scale of police violence across the country.
On that day, in Vladivostok, Russia's Far East, protesters took to the ice in the Sea of Japan to voice their views on the country's injustice. Riot police began to chase the protesters through the high snow and ice.
As a result, 198 people were detained in Vladivostok that day. Across Russia, the number of detainees amounted to 5,754 people, 93 of them journalists.
Thus, January 31, 2021 became the day with the most massive unauthorized protests, after which targeted arrests of independent journalists and the assignment of the status of "foreign agent" to them began throughout the country.
Riot police waiting for an order to detain protesters In the background the inscription May all your wishes come true
A police officer watches the movement of a column of protesters against the background of the poster of the opera War and Peace
The riot squad has already entered the ice but has not yet begun to pursue the protesters In the background a city children s recreation park
A protester watches from afar a squad of riot police who came out on the sea ice and began to pursue the protesters
Because of the heavy uniforms the riot police had a hard time overcoming the deep snow This gave a slight advantage to the protesters in order to break away from the persecution
The flag of Primorsky Krai on a protest participant Vladivostok is the capital of this region and the entire Far Eastern Federal District of Russia
Detention of one of the protesters A young girl went out on the ice with red carnations that represent peace Subsequently this photo was used by federal propagandists as proof of the peacefulness of riot police officers
A fisherman on the ice of the Sea of Japan skeptically watches the protesters who pass nearby and interfere with fishing
The protesters run to the stalled boat of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in which there were police officers In the future the Ministry of Emergency Situations will blame the protesters for putting the boat out of action
The riot squad managed to surround some of the protesters near the shore Many detainees were caught in the courtyards of residential buildings