Protests against mobilization take place in Russia – DW – 9/21/2022

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Peter Kavinsky

Activists in Russia heeded the appeal of the youth movement “Spring” to protest against the partial mobilization that Russian President Vladimir Putin in war against ukraine. In Siberia and the Far East, in the Urals, in Tver and Voronezh, in St. Petersburg and Moscow, those who do not agree with the decision come to the central squares of cities Putin. The Vesna movement called on like-minded people to take to the streets at 7 p.m. local time.

According to OVD-Info, at 7:45 PM Moscow time, at least 364 people were detained in protests against the mobilization. Of these, most have been detained in St. Petersburg – 96 protesters, then in Moscow (89 protesters) and Yekaterinburg (45 people).

Detentions took place in at least 23 Russian cities. The security forces used violence against some protesters.

The first protests took place in Khabarovsk

According to reports, 12 people came out to protest the mobilization in Khabarovsk. They told the Siberia.Realii correspondent that they were shocked by the news of the mobilization. The picketers refused to give their names for fear of prosecution. On the evening of September 21, several people gathered in the square in the center of Yakutsk.

In Irkutsk, several dozen people came to the main square, ten detainees have been reported. According to the human rights portal OVD-Info, most of the detainees are in Tomsk. In Ulan-Ude people came to the action with homemade posters, several dozen people gathered. Police urged the crowd to remove the posters, but no arrests were reported.

Several dozen opponents of the mobilization gathered on the central square in Novosibirsk. One person was arrested.

Call for protests across Russia

Earlier, the Russian opposition movement Vesna and supporters of Alexei Navalny called on citizens Russia go to protests against mobilization, protest petition on the internet on the website More than 250,000 people have already signed.

The Moscow prosecutor’s office has threatened the city’s residents with administrative penalties and prison terms of up to 15 years for organizing, participating in or inciting anti-mobilization demonstrations.

At the same time, the district administrations in St. Petersburg ordered the municipalities to find people who could participate in a demonstration in support of the holding of referendums in the Russian-occupied territories. Ukraine, said the Rotunda, referring to several municipalities. The interlocutors of the publication said that the administrations demand from them 5-10 people.

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“It’s like terror”: Ukrainians on mobilization in Russia

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