The OVD Info monitoring group reported that at least 425 people were held at rallies in 24 cities in the country following Putin’s address to the nation.
A police monitoring group reported Wednesday that more than 400 people were arrested in protests against President Vladimir Putin’s earlier announcement of partial mobilization of civilians to fight for Ukraine.
OVD-Info monitored group reported that at least 425 people were held at rallies in 24 cities in the country following Putin’s address to the nation.
Journalists in Moscow reported that at least 50 people were taken into police custody by anti-riot officers on a main shopping street.
Reporters witnessed police surround a small group of protesters in Russia’s former imperial city, Saint Petersburg and arrest them one by one.
Protesters chanted “no mobilization!”
“I went to the rally with the intention of participating, but it seems like everyone has been arrested.” Alexei, a 60 year-old resident who refused to give his last name, said that the regime had condemned itself and was destroying its youth.
One policeman was shouted at by a young protester: “Why aren’t you serving Putin?”
Oksana Sidorenko, who was a student, said that she came to declare her opposition to war and mobilization.
“Why are they deciding what my future looks like for me?” She added, “I’m afraid for myself and for my brother.”
After Putin’s televised warning that Russia would use any military means to defeat Ukraine, Sergei Shoigu, the Defence Minister, stated Wednesday that Russia would first mobilize 300,000.
According to airline and travel agent data, almost all flights out of Russia were booked Wednesday due to a apparent exodus of people who are not willing to fight in the conflict.
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