Kremlin defends security forces after pro-Navalny protests

The Kremlin on Monday defended the behaviour of Russian security forces over the weekend during mass arrests of protesters attending rallies in support of jailed dissident Alexei Navalny. “Of course, the police must take action against participants in these illegal rallies,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in comments carried by the Interfax agency. There was a “quite large number” of hooligans and provocateurs who displayed “more or less aggressive behaviour” towards the authorities, said Peskov, adding that it had been necessary to apply the “full severity of the law.” More than 5,100 d…

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