The Russian government is reportedly stocking up on riot gear this week as supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny aspire to stage the largest protest in modern history.
Organizers said they would announce the date once they have 500,000 registered attendees.
Navalny announced Thursday he has launched a hunger strike to protest mistreatment and lack of proper medical care in the prison camp where he is presently serving a two-year sentence. He was arrested on charges of violating his probation in January when he returned to Moscow after receiving treatment in Germany for the chemical weapons attack that nearly killed him.
Navalny says his attempted assassination was carried out by the Russian FSB security service on orders from President Vladimir Putin. Prior to his arrest in Moscow, he claimed he was able to prank an FSB agent into admitting as much on a recorded telephone