Hundreds arrested during anti-war protests in Moscow — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Hundreds of protesters have been arrested in Moscow after taking to the streets to condemn the use of force against Ukraine, a Western-funded NGO has claimed.

On Sunday, citizens gathered in the heart of the Russian capital to denounce the military assault. According to the Dozhd media (qualified as a foreign agent because of its links to foreign funding), its cameraman, Andrey Karasev, was arrested despite displaying his press credentials.

A member of the police alleged that he was arrested for interfering with the work of a law enforcement officer.

OVD-Info (which was also appointed as a foreign agent in Russia) estimated that 1,269 people were arrested in Moscow. Meanwhile, across the country, around 2,800 people were detained in 53 cities on February 27 alone.

The wave of rallies in Russia comes after President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on Ukraine last Thursday. It came just hours after the leaders of the newly recognized Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics formally appealed to the Kremlin for help in what they said was a rising of “aggression” from Kyiv.

Putin insisted that there were no plans to “to occupy” the former Soviet republic, saying the operation is designed to “demilitarize” and rid the country of “Nazi” elements. Shortly after the Russian President’s televised address, a series of explosions hit military installations and strategic airfields in Ukraine.

Kiev’s top diplomat, Dmitry Kuleba, said that “Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine”, adding that “Peaceful Ukrainian cities are on strike. It is a war of aggression.

Many Russians have come out to denounce the move, despite the prospect of arrest, including in Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg.

On Thursday, the Russian Interior Ministry announced that police forces in the capital had arrested 600 citizens for participating in an unauthorized gathering. The Federal Board of Inquiry also issued a warning to ” unauthorized “ anti-war protesters.

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