Former Russian police major Oleg Kashintsev has been detained for protesting in Moscow’s Red Square, holding a sign reading “Free Navalny, Putin is a killer”.
It is already known that in Russia, the right and freedom to protest is not the same as in democratic countries.
Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most powerful opposition voice, has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on charges of violating probation terms, in a 2014 indictment of Russian authorities.
Russian police officer Kashnitsev has been released from a police station but has been fined for violating protest rules and wearing a uniform illegally, according to several online media outlets in Russia.
He has served 18 years as a police officer, 14 of which in criminal investigation.
In 2019, he resigned from the post, due to his opposition to the government and because he was seen in a protest in support of Navalny earlier this year.