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Protest Erupts in Yerevan as Russians, Ukrainians, and Armenians Unite Against Putin and Demand Accountability Following Navalny's Death

Updated: Feb 16


Protest Erupts in Yerevan as Russians, Ukrainians, & Armenians Unite Against Putin and Demand Accountability Following Navalny's Death

EXCLUSIVE: As news of the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in prison spread, a wave of grief and outrage swept through the streets of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Russians, Ukrainians, and Armenians gathered outside the Russian Embassy, uniting in a demonstration against President Vladimir Putin and his government.



The protest, covered by The Armenian Report, witnessed a display of solidarity as police monitored the situation. Protesters, many bearing signs and flowers, expressed their condemnation of Navalny's demise and their discontent with the Russian political regime.


 Protest Erupts in Yerevan as Russians, Ukrainians, and Armenians Unite Against Putin and Demand Accountability Following Navalny's Death

Chants echoed through the air, with slogans such as "Putin is a killer," "Killed for freedom," and "Navalny did not die, he was killed." The crowd voiced their demands for justice and accountability.


The Armenian Report interviewed several Russian protesters, capturing the raw emotions and sentiments fueling the demonstration. One protester said, "You can't just kill your political opponent. I'm here to pay my respects to Navalny. He fought against Putin's regime, and his blood is in Putin's hands."


Protest Erupts in Yerevan as Russians, Ukrainians, and Armenians Unite Against Putin and Demand Accountability Following Navalny's Death

A refugee, sharing his experience, emphasized the challenges of living in Russia, citing war, mobilization, and overall dangers as reasons for his relocation to Armenia. "It's pretty easy to be jailed in Russia," he remarked, highlighting the stark contrast between the two countries.


Protest Erupts in Yerevan as Russians, Ukrainians, and Armenians Unite Against Putin and Demand Accountability Following Navalny's Death

Another protester, a young man passionate about shaping a new Russian generation, expressed his determination to build a better reality. "Navalny was someone who was doing everything for this new reality. This government is scared of the new generation," he declared, emphasizing the significance of the opposition leader's role.


Protest Erupts in Yerevan as Russians, Ukrainians, and Armenians Unite Against Putin and Demand Accountability Following Navalny's Death

A Russian refugee, drawing comparisons between living in Armenia and Russia, highlighted Armenia's relatively new but evident democracy. "Armenia is a fairly new democratic country, but it's much better than Russia," he stated, emphasizing the freedom to voice opinions on the streets.


Protest Erupts in Yerevan as Russians, Ukrainians, and Armenians Unite Against Putin and Demand Accountability Following Navalny's Death

The protest was very peaceful. At the end of the protest, demonstrators thanked the Armenian police for a peaceful protest. They chanted, thank you in Russian and Armenian. 

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