More than a thousand arrested in Russia in protests against Putin

More than 1,200 people have been detained in various cities of Russia in various demonstrations against the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, after his announcement to mobilize 300,000 reservists to fight in the war in Ukraine.

According to the independent protest monitoring group, OVD-Info said it was aware of arrests in Moscow and at least 37 other different cities in the country after demonstrating at protests organized by the Vesná (Spring) peace movement.

In the center of Moscow, where there have been hundreds of protesters on Arbat street, the arrests by riot police have begun as soon as the protest started while the congregants shouted “no to war” to applause and shouts of “Putin to the trench”.

Others have chanted “the Police are the shame of Russia.” “Why are you doing this if tomorrow you are going to be sent to the war in Ukraine?”, while some were addressing the agents. “Die for what, holy of what?” They added.

[Video en directo de las protestas contra Putin por la movilización de reservistas]

“Thousands of Russians will be thrown into the meat grinder of war”

From the organizers of the protests they affirm that the partial mobilization of Putin means that “Thousands of Russian men, our fathers, brothers and husbands, will be thrown into the meat grinder of war.”

Under the slogan “No to the mobilization”, Russian citizens had been called to protest at 4:00 p.m. GMT in their cities, as reported to the organization on its Telegram channel.

The NGO had published a list of cities with the addresses where the protesters should leave, including Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

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Also, has published photos and videos of the protests in cities such as Ulan-Ude, Tomsk, Barnaul, Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirskin which several dozen young people can be seen with banners against the war.

Anticipating that the Russian security forces would try to prevent or suppress the protests, the movement published the contact details of OVD-Info, which monitors arrests and defends those arrested and was declared a year ago “agent foreigner” in Russia.

According to this organization, since the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine there have been 16,437 arrests in protests against the military intervention.

The decree of partial mobilization of the Russian population to deal with the Ukrainian counteroffensive against which they are protesting, has been signed this Wednesday by Putin, and according to the Kremlin, he is doing it to “defend” Russia because “The West wanted to destroy the country“.

In addition, as explained by the Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigupartial mobilization implies the enlistment of 300,000 reservists to serve in the Ukrainian war.

The first mobilized will be reserve non-commissioned officers under 35 years of age and officers under 45 years of ageas specified by Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Defense Committee of the Duma or Chamber of Deputies.

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