The Valentine’s Day campaign follows the crackdown on Navalny supporters in recent weeks. The public support manifestations began after Navalny’s arrest and imprisonment immediately after his return from Germany, where he was recovering from his poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok. More than 10,000 people were arrested during the protests on January 23, January 31 and February 2.
‘Done with being afraid’
Aleksandra was also arrested on February 2, when she took part in the protests. “They put me in a van and held me for hours. I then neatly explained what I came to do, which was to demonstrate peacefully. I did not provoke anyone and did not break any law. Not then, and not today.”
She has to report to the court in two days, then she will hear what punishment she will receive. “I don’t know what to expect yet. But I’m done with fear. As soon as we allow fear, the government has won.”
And that is the message of all the people who have ventured out on the streets or lit their lights today, despite all the warnings from the authorities: “Love is stronger than fear”.