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Russian Presidential candidate “Navalny and his supporters plan to hold protests across Russia on October 7, Putin’s 65th birthday, in defiance of the Kremlin’s warning that organizers of unsanctioned public gatherings will be prosecuted.” https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-navalny-volkov-jail-sentence-after-release/28777284.html (And, yes, there was a Trump birthday protest – see post bottom.)
The Guardian reports: “There are better things than turnips’: Navalny plans Putin birthday protests” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/russia-navalny-plans-anti-putin-protests-on-presidents-birthday
There can be a secondary meaning to calling Putin a turnip. In a Russian folklore tale published in 1863 by folklore researcher A. N. Afanasiev, it takes team effort to uproot a giant turnip.
The Giant Turnip by Elisabeth Boehm
Excerpted from https://www.rferl.org/a/supporters-of-jailed-kremlin-foe-navalny-to-protest-across-russia/28778471.html
“Supporters Of Jailed Kremlin Foe Navalny Set To Protest Across Russia
October 06, 2017 23:21 GMT, RFE/RL
Supporters of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny are set to take to the streets in dozens of cities across the country on October 7 for protests that could trigger harsh crackdowns by police.
Navalny has urged Russians to join the demonstrations, being organized in more than 70 cities nationwide, to support “political competition” in the country as he seeks to run in a March 2018 presidential election.
The protests are set to be held a day after a Moscow court rejected Navalny’s appeal against a 20-day jail term he was handed after being found in violation of the law for publicly calling for unsanctioned rallies.
The ruling means that Navalny will remain in jail during the protests, which are to be staged on President Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday.
“I understand perfectly well that that [the Kremlin] needs me to be locked up as much as possible and particularly on October 7,” Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, quoted him as saying in court….
Two previous nationwide demonstrations spearheaded by Navalny earlier this year led to mass detentions and rattled Russian officials with their substantial youth turnout. Ahead of the planned October 7 protests, Russian authorities have issued warnings against holding demonstrations without official permission.
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on October 3 that “public calls for unsanctioned rallies and meetings are illegal…and therefore organizers of such events will be prosecuted.” ….
The New York-based Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, said last month that Russian police are “systematically” interfering with Navalny’s attempts to run for president by raiding his campaign offices, “arbitrarily” detaining campaign volunteers, and carrying out “other actions that unjustifiably interfere with campaigning.”….” Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036 Read the entire article here: https://www.rferl.org/a/supporters-of-jailed-kremlin-foe-navalny-to-protest-across-russia/28778471.html See the Human Rights Watch article here: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/06/russia-nationwide-assaults-political-opposition-campaign
“Navalny Campaign Chief Gets 20 Days In Jail Hours After Release
October 06, 2017 08:25 GMT RFE/RL
Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s election campaign chief, Leonid Volkov, has been sentenced to 20 days in jail, hours after an appeals court threw out an initial order for his incarceration.
The ruling came late on October 5 after Volkov was released when the Moscow City Court canceled the 20-day administrative custody order handed down by a lower court on October 2, but then was detained again later in the day.
In a late-evening Twitter post, Volkov wrote that a court ruled that he had called for Navalny’s supporters to take part in an unsanctioned rally in central Moscow on October 7 and again sentenced him to 20 days in jail.
A lawyer for Volkov, Ivan Zhdanov, said earlier that the original case against him had been sent for reinvestigation by the authorities in the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod, where he was initially arrested.
Navalny and Volkov were found guilty of calling for an unsanctioned rally in Nizhny Novgorod in late September and sentenced to 20 days in jail, each by different courts in Moscow on October 2.
Navalny, a foe of President Vladimir Putin, is campaigning for Russia’s March 2018 presidential election despite a statement from the Central Election Committee that he cannot run because of a conviction in a financial-crimes case he says was politically motivated.
Navalny and his supporters plan to hold protests across Russia on October 7, Putin’s 65th birthday, in defiance of the Kremlin’s warning that organizers of unsanctioned public gatherings will be prosecuted.
Putin is widely expected to seek and secure a new six-year term in the presidential election.” Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036 ” https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-navalny-volkov-jail-sentence-after-release/28777284.html