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TikTok inspires Russian youth to protest against Vladimir Putin and back Alexei Navalny

TikTok inspires Russian youth to protest against Vladimir Putin and back Alexei Navalny

1/22/2021 9:37:00 PM

TikTok inspires Russia n youth to protest against Vladimir Putin and back Alexei Navalny

Russia 's media watchdog has asked the video-sharing app to clamp down on posts calling for young people to attend nationwide protests on Saturday.

Another video shows a girl putting an image of Navalny on a classroom wall while the video captions read"It is possible to be against the authorities without opposing the motherland."The country's communications watchdog, Roskkomnadzor, has ordered TikTok to remove videos which call on schoolchildren and students to attend the Saturday's protests which are expected to be the country's biggest since 2018.

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Newsweekhas contacted TikTok for comment.Momentum is growing against Putin and the protests against the government which are set to take place across dozens of cities pose a real problem for the Kremlin. Parliamentary elections are due to take place in September in which Navalny wants to target the ruling United Russia party.

On Friday, Navalny's spokesperson Kira Yarmysh tweeted that she had been arrested and detained for nine days, but reiterated a call for Russians to take to the streets. Authorities have also detained other Navalny aides,his campaign manager Anastasia Panchenko and activist Lyubov Sobol.

'Putin's Palace' Video by Poisoned Kremlin Critic Viewed by MillionsRead more'Putin's Palace' Video by Poisoned Kremlin Critic Viewed by MillionsThe Russian Prosecutor's Office warned of an internet crackdown to"restrict access to illegal information" and said in a statement that police officers"are focused on taking preventive measures, and if there are grounds, bringing the perpetrators to administrative responsibility."

Russian opposition politician and vice-president of the Free Russia Foundation, Vladimir Kara-Murza, said that Navalny's arrest and detention were not surprising and Russian authorities would continue their clampdown even if it poses a PR problem for Putin.

"The authorities want us all to give up and run— that would be the biggest gift to the Putin regime," he toldNewsweek."But we are not going to do that because there are a lot of people in Russia who support our view, who reject Putin and Putinism, as we saw with the display of public support for Navalny this week."

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