Moscow police were very clear on Friday, when several unauthorized rallies were announced to protest Alexey Navalny’s imprisonment. “All attempts to organize an unauthorized public event and any provocative action will be considered a threat to public order and will be suppressed without delay,” police said in the Russian capital. This warning was published because of “the dissemination in the media, on the Internet and social networks, of calls to participate in unauthorized actions on January 23, 2021”.
The Russian Ministry of Education has called on parents to “take an interest in their children’s plans and prevent them” from joining protests. “No one has the right to lead young people into political actions and provocations,” he writes on his VK page, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. The minister advises as alternatives to the demonstrations to “watch your favorite film, walk in the forest or in the park, go ice skating or sledging” among other activities. The calls to demonstrate in favor of Alexeï Navalny have been widely relayed on social networks, especially by youth and adolescents on various platforms, including TikTok.