MOSCOW: Russia on Monday formally protested against the US embassy in Moscow on social media posts, saying anti-Kremlin protests had been promoted and US tech companies were accused of interfering in its internal affairs.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people rallied in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told state media that the Russian deputy foreign minister spoke with the US ambassador to express dissatisfaction with the embassy’s messages.
During the meeting, she said, Sergei Ryabkov “strongly protested” the US embassy’s “posts on social networks and on its Internet platforms in support of illegal rallies in several Russian cities.”
The meeting was followed by accusations by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that the Russian embassy was interfering in Russia’s domestic affairs after the embassy issued a “protest warning” to US citizens in the country.
A US embassy spokesman said AFP It was a “routine exercise” for US embassies and consulates to issue security messages to US citizens abroad.
Ms. Zakharova also said on Monday that Russia would investigate US IT companies for “interfering” in the country’s domestic affairs. He added: “We are seriously considering how US Internet platforms were involved in US interference in our internal affairs.
Ahead of the rallies, Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor ordered several social media platforms, including YouTube and Instagram, to delete protest calls posted on its platform.
According to the OVD Information Monitor, more than 3,700 protesters were detained during the rallies, and several protesters were injured in clashes with riot police.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday rejected opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s claims that he owns a “great deal of property” in the Black Sea, as the opposition has called for nationwide protests.
Fresh from last weekend’s protests, Mr. Navalny’s aides called on Russians to take to the streets on Sunday ahead of a court case in which prominent Russian Kremlin critics were jailed for more than three years. Can be seen cast.
The 44-year-old campaigner was detained earlier this month as he returned to Moscow from Germany, where he was refusing to show off Soviet-designed toxins. He called on his supporters to rally in dozens of cities over the weekend and launched a two-hour probe into significant beach property to encourage allies to demonstrate.
The rallies saw a record number of arrests, and Mr. Putin denied any involvement in Mr. Navalny’s video, which has now been viewed 86 million times.