Hundreds arrested in anti-war protests in Russia

Russian police arrest nearly 1,700 protesters at rallies against invasion of Ukraine.
anti-war protests in Russia
anti-war protests in Russia

Russian police have detained more than 1,700 people at anti-war protests across dozens of cities as thousands took to the streets after President Vladimir Putin sent troops to invade Ukraine, reports AFP quoting an independent monitor.

“More than 1700 people have already been detained in 51 cities,” said OVD-Info on Thursday, which tracks arrests at opposition rallies.

More than 700 people were arrested in Moscow and about 340 people in the second largest city Saint Petersburg, the monitor said.

The invasion of Ukraine is taking place during an unprecedented crackdown on the Russian opposition, with most protest leaders assassinated, jailed or forced out of the country.

Jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who used to mobilise Russia’s largest protests against Putin, is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence in a penal colony outside Moscow.

A number of Russian activists called on social media for people to take to the streets after Putin launched the offensive on Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday.

One petition, started by a prominent human rights advocate, Lev Ponomavyov, garnered over 150,000 signatures within several hours and 289,000 by the end of the day.

More than 250 journalists put their names on an open letter decrying the aggression. Another one was signed by some 250 scientists, while by 194 municipal council members in Moscow and other cities signed a third.

Related Posts