Russian police on Wednesday night arrested hundreds of people for protesting against President Vladimir Putin’s troop mobilization decree.
A national human rights group, OVD-Info, said more than 1,300 people had been arrested, according to information it collected from 38 Russian cities. Across the country.
Videos posted on social media showed people chanting “No to war!” in major Russian cities.
The largest number were arrested at rallies in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Unauthorized gatherings are illegal under Russian anti-protest laws.
Flights from Russia have soared – and are selling out – following Putin’s speech on Wednesday in which he called for a partial mobilization of troops to fight in the war against Ukraine, where Russian forces have recently suffered battlefield defeats.
Putin’s order came following proxies installed by the Kremlin in four Ukrainian regions pledging on Tuesday to hold referendums this week to join the Russian Federation.