Russia demonstrates against Putin’s partial mobilization!

There are protests in all major cities of the country against the Kremlin tyrant’s order to conscript citizens belonging to the reserve of the Russian Armed Forces. A total of 300,000 Russians are to be mobilized and fighting in Ukraine.

Many Russians apparently want to prevent this and are taking to the streets. They’re shouting “No to War!” in the middle of Moscow – although the term is still banned in Russia. Officially, the bloody war in Ukraine is a “special operation” in Russia.

The security apparatus reacted promptly to the protests. A large police force is taking action against the demonstrators across the country.

Videos from Moscow show, among other things, how a young woman – apparently unconscious – is being dragged away by special police units. Numerous photos show the officers beating demonstrators and violently carrying away protesters.

According to the non-governmental organization OVD-Info, there have been more than 1,400 arrests in at least 38 Russian cities.

In St. Petersburg on Wednesday evening, the police rounded up small groups of demonstrators and then arrested the participants one by one. “Everyone is afraid,” said the demonstrator Vasily Fedorov. “I am for peace and I don’t want to have to shoot.” But in Russia it is “very dangerous” to take to the streets for these demands – “otherwise there would have been many more people”.

︎ At least 50 people were arrested on a shopping street in downtown Moscow . The protests grew significantly over the course of the evening. Videos show demonstrators marching through the streets of the capital chanting “No to War!”

According to OVD-Info, people also took to the streets in Tomsk and Irkutsk in Siberia, in Yekaterinburg in the Urals and in other places. They held up placards with the colors of the Ukrainian flag and slogans such as “No to mobilization!”.

In the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad (between Poland and Lithuania), people gathered for a demonstration. There were also reports of arrests there.

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