The detainment of Alexei Navalny, a Putin critic, has caused unrest amongst Russians, and Navalny’s calls for a mass protest have been answered. More and more social media stars are claiming that they will be participating in the unsanctioned event amongst governmental claims of the consequences of doing so.
Alexei Navalny’s team have recently released an investigation into Putin’s wealth in the form of a two-hour YouTube video. The team alleges that a “palace”, along with an area covering as much as over 30 times the size of Monaco, including an ice hockey ring as well as a vineyard is owned by Putin, and the funds required for such a project have allegedly been the result of an supposed corruption ring.
The video gained 60 million views in 3 days.
Kremlin have denied the existence of such a place in Putin’s ownership.
The investigation saw an even greater unrest on social media platforms, even coming to Tik Tok in the form of humorous clips.
Universities and schools have declared that any student who goes out on the protests or makes a post encouraging people to go to the event will be expelled.
The Russian government had also stated that it aims to fine the social media platforms where calls for the protest have been made, and have stated that any posts found must be deleted. It states that these posts are encouraging civil unrest and an overthrow of the government.
Meanwhile, Navalny is being tried on a law enacted in 2017, which calls for sentencing of any individual who calls for underage people to indulge in an action which will hurt the underage person.
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