Protesters are against mobilization to reverse military setbacks in Ukraine
Demonstration against Putin’s mobilization ended with more than 744 arrests
The second protest Russia, which took place this Saturday, 24, involved the arrest of more than 744 people. They are against the mobilization decreed by the Russian president, Vladimir Putinto reverse military setbacks in Ukraine. These people were detained in at least 32 cities across the country, according to OVD-Info, an organization that tracks documented arrests in Russia. Almost half of the arrests so far, 371, have been recorded in the capital. In St. Petersburg, the country’s second-largest city, 128 people were arrested and police used batons and tasers against protesters, according to local media. In Moscow, where it rained all day, the authorities deployed an imposing police device to prevent the protest demonstration, called by the opposition youth movement Vesná.
The riot police were already stationed at the exit of the Chistye Prudy metro station, near the square of the monument to Russian writer and diplomat Alexander Griboyedov, designated as a meeting place for the protesters. At least a dozen police cars were parked along the avenue waiting for the detainees. “An unauthorized action was triggered at this location. Circulate,” the police loudspeakers repeated from time to time. The protest that took place this Saturday is the second demonstration against the mobilization ordered by Putin, who argued the measure with the need to defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the protest last Thursday, the 22nd, the day after the mobilization was announced, around 1,400 people were arrested across the country.
*With information from EFE.