Detentions during “anti-mobilization” demonstrations in Russia – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

People gathered after President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization earlier on Wednesday

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Moscow and several other Russian cities on Wednesday to protest against a partial mobilization, announced earlier on Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

So far, Moscow police and city authorities have not officially released any number of people for the rally and have not provided exact figures on the number of those arrested. According to an activist group, OVD-Info, dozens of people were detained by law enforcement in the Russian capital as a crowd gathered near the General Staff headquarters in the center -town. OVD-info is an activist group covering various protest actions in Russia. He was designated a “foreign agent” by the Russian Ministry of Justice in 2021.

Other rallies, although smaller in size, took place in other Russian cities. A crowd gathered near St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The protest ended in brief scuffles with police and detentions. Video from the scene showed police in riot gear trying to push back the crowd.

At least 126 protesters were arrested in Saint Petersburg, according to OVD-Info.

Dozens of people took to the streets in the cities of Ufa, Yekaterinburg, Perm and Chelyabinsk in the Ural region. Protests there have resulted in between 14 and 45 detentions, according to activists. The Siberian cities of Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Yakutsk have also seen protests.

Earlier, a militant ‘Vesna’ (‘Spring’) movement, which opposes the Russian military operation in Ukraine, called on people to take to the streets of their hometowns on Wednesday night to protest the decision of the Kremlin on mobilization.

Earlier Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial military mobilization. He said the Defense Ministry had recommended recruiting military reservists into active duty amid the protracted conflict in Ukraine and Donbass.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said additional troops were needed to control the 1,000 kilometer long line of contact with Ukrainian forces and areas under Russian control. According to Shoigu, the mobilization would involve calling to arms some 300,000 reservists, or just over 1% of Russia’s total mobilization potential.

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