Putin denies having a palace, Navalny’s team calls for demonstrations

Vladimir Poutine had to break his silence on Monday to refute the claims of his main political opponent, who accused him of having a “palace” on the shores of the Black Sea.

Alexey Navalny’s team once again urged the Russian people to march on the streets next Sunday.

He will stand before the judges from February 2nd and risk a long stay in prison.

In a video investigation viewed over 88 million times on YouTube, Alexei Navalny argued that Vladimir Putin was taking advantage of lavish property funded by corruption on the shores of the Black Sea.

The poll in question (in Russian, do not hesitate to enable the English subtitles)

“I didn’t see this film due to lack of time (…) Nothing that is shown in it as my property belongs to me or my relatives,” the Kremlin master replied on Monday during a television conversation with Russian students.

He denounced allegations aimed at “brainwashing” Russians and cited the lack of any evidence. A remarkable reaction, while Vladimir Putin still refuses to publicly pronounce the name of his main critic.

“For freedom!”

Alexei Navalny was jailed on his return to Russia on January 17 after several months recovering in Germany on suspected poisoning, which he accuses the Kremlin.

To denounce his arrest, he called for a protest and published his viral investigation of “Putin’s Palace”.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Tuesday and opposed a ban on demonstrations. Significantly, the protests took place across Russia and not just in Moscow.

More than 3,700 demonstrators were arrested, sometimes brutally. According to TASS, 30 of them were sentenced to short prison terms of up to 15 days in Moscow.

However, the specialized NGO OVD-Info reports that criminal proceedings have been initiated against at least 15 demonstrators, which provide for more severe penalties.

Vladimir Poutine criticized these unauthorized acts and believed that everyone should speak “within the law”.

He also accused the organizers of mobilizing “minors” as pro-Navalny messages were widely spread on social networks and spread by youth, especially youth.

Nonetheless, Navalny’s movement called for further demonstrations “in all cities of Russia” at noon on January 31. “For the freedom of Navalny, for the freedom of all and for justice,” said Leonid Volkov, a close friend of the enemy, on Twitter.

The date was chosen due to its proximity to February 2, when Alexei Navalny will appear before a court to decide whether his 2014 three and a half year suspended sentence will be converted to prison.

He is accused of violating his Russian judicial control while receiving treatment in Berlin.