Russian police deployed in pressure to quell anti-war protests and shortly arrested demonstrators rallying towards conscription orders for the “particular army operation” in Ukraine.
Police arrested practically 730 folks, together with 370 in Moscow and 150 in St Petersburg, in keeping with OVD-Data, an impartial web site that displays political arrests in Russia. Among the arrested had been minors.
In Moscow, a heavy contingent of police roamed a downtown space the place a protest was deliberate beneath pouring rain and checked the IDs of passersby. Officers rounded up these deemed suspicious and later distributed call-up summons to the lads who had been arrested.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first public mobilisation since World Conflict II – wanted to shore up its faltering Ukraine struggle – has additionally triggered a rush for the border and uncommon criticism from Kremlin officers.
Earlier than being rounded up in St Petersburg, a small group of demonstrators managed to briefly march alongside the primary Nevsky Avenue shouting, “Putin into the trenches!”
Within the metropolis of Novosibirsk in japanese Siberia, greater than 70 folks had been arrested after singing an innocuous Soviet-era music praising peace.
The police motion adopted the dispersal of protests on Wednesday when some 1,300 folks had been detained in Moscow, St Petersburg and different cities.