More than a thousand people have been arrested today in Russia in the protest called by a peace movement against the partial mobilization decreed this Wednesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin to face the defeats suffered on the battlefield in Ukraine.
“At 18:36 GMT there were already more than 1,113 people detained in 38 cities,” said the independent organization OVD-Info, which tracks arrests and has been declared a foreign agent in Russia.
The human rights organization reports detainees in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Ufa, Krasnoyarsk, Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, Arkhangelsk, Korolev, Voronezh, Zheleznogorsk, Izhevsk, Tomsk, Salavat, Tyumen , Volgograd, Petrozavodsk, Samara, Surgut, Smolensk, Belgorod and other cities.
The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office warned that organization and participation in illegal actions will be punished with up to 15 years in prison.
Disseminating calls to participate in illegal actions or to carry out other illegal acts on social networks will also be punished administratively or criminally. In addition, calling minors to participate in illegal acts will be punished.
“No to movement”
In its call, the pacifist movement Vesná (Spring), affirmed that the latest measure of Vladimir 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 mobilization”, Russian citizens were called to protest in their cities, as reported by the OVD-Info organization on its Telegram channel.
In the capital there were at least 409 detainees and in Saint Petersburg at least 444, according to the same source.
In the center of Moscow, where there were hundreds of protesters on Arbat Street, the arrests by riot police began as soon as the protest started, as Efe was able to verify.
The congregated shouted “no to war” between applause and “Putin to the trench.”
Among the chants, “life for our children” could also be heard, referring to the declarations of the head of the Defense Committee of the Duma or Chamber of Deputies, Andrei Kartapolov, that the first mobilized will be reserve non-commissioned officers under 35 years of age. and officers under 45 years of age.
The citizens tried to create human chains to avoid arrests, while the police created cordons to prevent the passage of the protesters, who intend to go down Arbat Street until they reach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Shortly after, law enforcement began to clear the area and push protesters towards the beginning of the pedestrian street.
(With information from EFE)
This Wednesday, the Russian president, Vladimir Putinannounced the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of reservists to relaunch its offensive in Ukraine and threatened to resort to atomic weapons.
In an address to the nation, Vladimir Putin said he was willing to use “all the means” in his arsenal against the West, whom he accuses of “destroying” Russia. “This is not a bluff,” she emphasized with a serious face.
This mobilization of reservists was described in Europe as a “sign of weakness” for Moscow, whose army has been rocked by multiple setbacks against Ukrainian forces.
The measure marks a new escalation in the conflict, which began on February 24, and the day after the announcement of Russia annexation “referendums” in four regions in the east and south of Ukraine starting Friday.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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