Dissident speaks at Siberia rally
In his first trip out of Moscow in three years, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny visited Siberia’s biggest city to urge voters to participate in primaries that will choose opposition candidates for regional elections.
Navalny’s rally in a Novosibirsk park attracted several hundred people, including rowdy protesters who shouted abuse and accused him of being a U.S. spy.
Since 2012, Navalny had not been allowed to leave Moscow because of trials on corruption charges. Although convicted in both cases, he avoided prison. His brother was sent to prison in one of the cases.
The primaries are to be held June 14 and 15 to pick candidates for the September elections in several Russian regions.
“I’m here to convince you to put your trust in democracy,” Navalny said at the rally.