Amid tension with Ukraine, citizens in Russia hold a protest; 1400 arrested
Russian Police arrested nearly 1,400 antiwar protestors from different parts of the country who were holding protests against the Russia-Ukraine war.
Nearly 1,400 people were detained by Russian police during antiwar protests across the country after President Putin ordered a special military operation. As per local media, more than 1,391 people have already been detained in 51 cities. Several Media reports seem to suggest that more than 340 people have been detained in Saint Petersburg, the second-largest city, and over 700 in Moscow. Several Russian activists called on social media for people to take streets after Kremlin launched a devastating military campaign against the neighboring Ukraine. Approximately 1,000 protestors gathered in Saint Petersburg, the former capital of Russia and up to 2000 protesters gathered near Pushkin Square in central Moscow.
Earlier, the Russian Police have jailed opposition leader Alexy Navalny, who used to mobilize Russia’s largest protest campaign against Putin, serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence in a penal colony outside Moscow. Around Pushkin square in Moscow, protesters chanted slogans “No to War!” One of the protestors, Anastasia Nestulya said, “My relatives and loved ones live in Ukraine.” “I have a feeling that the authorities have gone mad,” said Svetlana Volkova, 27. Protestors said that most of the people were unwilling to protest and that people have been fooled only for propaganda.
Petitions are being filed by a prominent human rights advocate, Lev Ponomavyov, who gathered over 150,000 signatures within several hours and 289,000 by the end of the day. More than 250 journalists have put their names on an open letter condemning the aggression. Another open letter was signed by nearly 250 scientists, while 194 municipal council members in Moscow and other cities signed a letter too.
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