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Russians hold ‘flashlight protests’ in support of Navalny

People draw hearts with their cellphones flashlights in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia Navalnaya Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. When the team of jailed Russia opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced a protest in a new format, urging people to come out to their residential courtyards on Sunday and shine their cellphone flashlights, many responded with jokes and skepticism. After two weekends of nationwide demonstrations, the new protest format looked to some like a retreat. But not to Russian authorities, who moved vigorously to extinguish the illuminated protests planned for Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

People draw hearts with their cellphones flashlights in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia Navalnaya Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. When the team of jailed Russia opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced a protest in a new format, urging people to come out to their residential courtyards on Sunday and shine their cellphone flashlights, many responded with jokes and skepticism. After two weekends of nationwide demonstrations, the new protest format looked to some like a retreat. But not to Russian authorities, who moved vigorously to extinguish the illuminated protests planned for Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

People drew hearts with their cellphone flashlights in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia Navalnaya Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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UPDATED 3:00 PM PT – Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Russian opposition are changing the tactic of anti-government protests with a nationwide “flashlight demonstration.” On Sunday, thousands of Russians took to the streets with flashlights in a show of defiance against the latest round of political repressions.

Protesters formed heart signs with candles and flashlights to show that “love overcomes fear” on Valentine’s Day.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has remained in detention as he faces imprisonment for revealing massive corruption of the Putin regime.

Experts said the Kremlin is failing to contain the protests.

“You can no longer ignore a person who has become a nationwide political figure, even though, of course, he’s barred,” Moscow political analyst Maria Lipman stated. “He has been barred from taking part in political process and now he’s behind bars. Still, he was able to enlarge the awareness of him among the Russian people.”

The Putin regime tried to outlaw the flashlight protest, but ongoing demonstrations have shown the latest failure of its repressive machine.

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