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Navalny calls for thousands to rally in Moscow and St. Petersburg

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Alexei Navalny addressed his video today to people in Moscow and St. Petersburg

by Sarah Hurst

Alexei Navalny has called on people in Moscow and St. Petersburg to come out tomorrow for rallies opposing the fraudulent election despite the fact that authorities in Russia’s largest cities have banned protests. In a video published today, Navalny said thousands of people should come out to the centre of the two cities and show with their physical presence that they are prepared to oppose the government’s corruption.

“You don’t have to put up with this. You don’t have to give them gifts. And you don’t have to confirm their idiotic theory that they can beat us like this,” Navalny said. “For how many more years will you be underpaid? For how many more years will your business be less profitable than it should be? For how many more years will you exist in this backwardness that’s ruining all medicine? There is something to fight for. If you haven’t left yet or emigrated, then every additional year Putin is in power is another year of degradation. Don’t give them a signal that you’re prepared to put up with another six years. You’re not!” he concluded.

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