Police detained greater than 2,000 folks at anti-war protests held in 48 cities throughout Russia on Sunday, a protest monitoring group mentioned, as folks defied the authorities to point out their anger over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
More than 5,500 folks have been detained at varied anti-war protests for the reason that invasion started on Thursday, based on the OVD-Info monitor, which has documented crackdowns on Russia’s opposition for years.
In Moscow, riot police usually outnumbered protesters, a few of whom carried hand-written placards with peace indicators and anti-war slogans in Russian and Ukrainian. Some wore masks with the phrase “Enough” emblazoned within the entrance.
A reporter for the impartial tv channel Dozhd was arrested through the protests regardless of displaying his accreditation to the police and sporting a press vest.
Outside the upmarket Gostiny Dvor division retailer in downtown Saint Petersburg, lots of of anti-war protesters stood collectively, linking arms and chanting.
Sunday’s protests coincided with the seventh anniversary of the homicide of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
In Moscow a few of the arrests befell at an improvised memorial simply outdoors the Kremlin on the web site the place Nemtsov was shot, a Reuters witness mentioned. “No to war!” shouted one of many demonstrators as he was being dragged away by the police.
Nemtsov was a outstanding critic of President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Moscow’s help for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, which finally led to what Putin labels a “special operation” to guard the 2 separatist areas though his troops are combating in wider Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Western allies have slapped unprecedented sanctions in response to Russia’s land, sea and air invasion.
Putin ordered his navy command to place nuclear-armed forces on excessive alert on Sunday as Ukrainian fighters defending the town of Kharkiv mentioned that they had repelled an assault by invading Russian troops.
Tens of hundreds of individuals throughout Europe marched in protest towards Russia’s invasion on Sunday, with 100,000 folks protesting in solidarity with Ukraine in Berlin.
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