Nearly 1,400 Arrested at Protests in Russia Against Putin’s Decree on Mobilization

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Peter Kavinsky

Moscow, (EFE) — At least 1,386 people have been arrested in Russia during protests organized by the peace movement against a partial mobilization announced Wednesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin to deal with the defeats suffered in Ukraine.

As the independent organization OVD-Info, which monitors detentions, reported today in its Telegram channel, detentions were registered in 38 cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Volgograd, Samara, Smolensk or Belgorod.

Punishment up to 15 years in prison

The Moscow prosecutor’s office warned that organizing and participating in illegal activities would be punishable by imprisonment for up to 15 years.

Distribution of calls to participate in illegal actions or commit other illegal actions in social networks will also be punished in an administrative or criminal order.

Putin announced “partial mobilization” this Wednesday in a televised address to the nation in which he accused the West of seeking to destroy Russia.

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, a total of 300,000 reservists who have completed military service or have combat experience will be called up.

Peter Kavinsky

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