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Russians in dozens of cities across the country have staged anti-war protests, following a call from advisers close to jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
On Sunday, the independent monitoring group OVD-Info reports that more than 4,500 people were detained in 63 cities, including more than 2,100 in Moscow and more than 1,100 in Saint Petersburg.
“The screws are being completely tightened – we are basically seeing military censorship,” OVD-Info spokeswoman Maria Kuznetsova told Reuters.
Since the start of protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, nearly 13,000 people have been detained across Russia, according to the group.
Given the number of protests, there was a heavy presence of special police forces patrolling near the Kremlin on Sunday, with Red Square cordoned off. A similar scene unfolded near Palace Square in St Petersburg – which has seen repeated crowds protesting the war.