Moscow police detain children holding anti-war sign

Moscow police arrested two women and five children who wanted to lay flowers at the Ukrainian Embassy as the sixth day of Russia’s deadly invasion of Ukraine came to an end on Tuesday.

Researcher Alexandra Arkhipova noted the children aged 7 to 11 were first detained with their mother in a police van before being taken to the police station and finally released a few hours later. Photos of their detention showed the children holding a poster saying “No to war”.

“Nothing that happened sticks in my mind,” Arkhipova, an anthropologist at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, wrote on Facebook about the detentions.

A video attachment show one of the women explaining to a crying girl from inside a cell that “the task is for fewer people to come together and say they are against the war”.

Arkhipova said police allegedly threatened to strip the women, Yekaterina Zavizion and Olga Alter, of custody of the five children.

They face trial and a fine on unspecified charges, Arkhipova added.

“Parents are scared,” she wrote.

The OVD-Info website, which monitors protests and arrests across Russia, points out that children up to the age of 14 cannot be legally detained for more than three hours.

He said authorities had arrested more than 320 anti-war protesters in 33 Russian cities in the past few hours.

A total of 6,840 people have been detained since President Vladimir Putin ordered what is officially called a “special military operation” in neighboring Ukraine.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Europe and around the world have taken to the streets to condemn the war, which has led to displacement, civilian deaths and triggered unprecedented Western sanctions.

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