Tens of thousands brave a police crackdown to show support for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The City of the Sun is home to a mysterious Russian cult known as the Church of the Last Testament. Its leader Vissarion used to be a traffic cop but now believes he is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Last September armed security officers stormed the City of the Sun and arrested Vissarion and two of his closest aides. They have been accused of embezzling funds from Vissarion’s followers and physically or mentally abusing them.
BBC Russian’s Nataliya Zotova travelled to Siberia to find out more about what happened.
Filmed in October 2020 under local Covid-19 conditions.
Produced by Vladimir Pirokov, Ksenia Churmanova and Paul Ivan Harris
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Hundreds of supporters of high profile opposition politician Alexei Navalny have been detained during protests across Russia.
Navalny was arrested for violating parole conditions immediately after returning to Moscow from Berlin, where he had spent time recovering from a nerve agent attack. Both his wife and lawyer attended protests in Moscow, and both were detained.
Because of past political activity Navalny has previously spent time in police custody, but this is the first time he has been held in a in prison cell. He and his supporters argue the charges are designed to silence him.
Prior to the rallies, Russian authorities had promised a tough crackdown, with police saying any unauthorised demonstrations and provocations would be “immediately suppressed”. Mass gatherings are also banned because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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