The announcement of what the Russian president, Vladimir Putinhas called «mobilization in Ukraine» has been immediately answered in the streets with demonstrations across the country. More than 1,000 people have been arrested this Wednesday throughout Russia in these demonstrations against the mobilization, according to the NGO OVD-Info. According to this organization, which specializes in counting arrests, the mobilizations took place in at least 23 cities throughout the country.
AFP journalists in Moscow saw at least 50 people detained in one of the central streets of the capital. In Saint Petersburg, the second city of Russiathe police took a bus full of detainees. The protesters chanted “Not to the war!” and “No to the mobilization!”
“Everyone is afraid. I’m for peace and I don’t want to have to shoot. But it is very dangerous to go out now, otherwise there would have been a lot more people,” said a protester from St. Petersburg, Vasily Fedorov, a student wearing a peace emblem on his chest.
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Alexei Zavarki, 60, lamented the police response to the concentrations. “I came to participate, but it seems that they have already taken everyone away,” she said. “I don’t know where we are going, this regime has signed its death sentence, it has destroyed the youth,” he assured.
In an address to the nation on Wednesday, Putin decreed a partial mobilization of Russian reservists for the offensive in Ukraine and assured that he was willing to use “all the means” in his arsenal against the West.