Moscow (dpa) – After protests against partial mobilization in Russia , the police held more than 1,300 people in custody on Thursday morning, according to civil rights activists. In the capital Moscow alone, there were around 530 protesters and 480 in Saint Petersburg, according to the civil rights portal OVD-Info. The state did not provide any information about the protests.
At the first major rallies by the Russian anti-war movement since March, young people took to the streets in many cities on Wednesday, including many women who feared for the lives of their husbands, brothers and sons. OVD-Info counted arrests in 38 cities. The trigger was President Vladimir Putin ‘s decision to call up 300,000 reservists for the war against Ukraine.
Minors have also been arrested
According to the police, several of those arrested were injured. In Moscow, a young man suffered a concussion, a young woman lost consciousness. According to OVD-Info, 33 minors were arrested against the law. Nine journalists were also arrested. There were reports from several police stations that arrested young men had been summoned directly to be drafted for military service.
As a rule, those arrested are sentenced to fines or arrest after a night in police custody. Criminal proceedings are instituted against some. In the first few weeks after the February 24 attack on Ukraine , 15,000 people were arrested during protests. Since then, the Russian leadership has further tightened the penalties for resisting the war.
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