Moscow anti-war protests see hundreds arrested


Moscow anti-war protests see hundreds arrested

A spate of protests have swept across Russia since the attack on Ukraine

Hundreds of protestors have been detained in Moscow after taking to the streets in anti-war protests 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 media outlet Dozhd (labeled as a foreign agent due to its links to overseas funding), its cameraman, Andrey Karasev, was arrested despite displaying his press credentials.

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A member of the police alleged he was detained for interfering in a law enforcement officer’s work.

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 recently recognized Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics formally appealed to the Kremlin for assistance in relation to what they claimed was an uptick in “aggression” from Kiev.

OVD-Info (which has also been designated as a foreign agent in Russia) has 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.

Moscow anti-war protests
А girl holds a no-to war poster against Russia’s military action in Ukraine.

Putin has insisted that there are no plans to “occupy” the former Soviet republic, claiming 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 struck strategic military installations and 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 under strikes. This is a war of aggression.”

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

Hundreds arrested over Moscow anti-war protests — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union  RT


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