The brutal images of Putin’s repression of protests in Russia against the invasion of Ukraine

A Russian agent detains a demonstrator during a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine (REUTERS) (STRINGER/)

Hundreds of protesters were arrested this Wednesday in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, after political prisoner Alexei Navalny called on the Russians to protest against the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s regime.

In Saint Petersburg, Putin’s hometown, the police violently dispersed the protesters and arrested a hundred peopleaccording to a journalist from the agency AFP present on the spot.

In Moscow, the security forces closed the Red Square, near the Kremlin, and detained at least seven people who gatheredwhile loudspeakers warned people not to gather.

Wednesday’s demonstrations came hours after Navalny called daily rallies against the military assault on Ukraine, saying Russia must not be a “nation of frightened cowards” and calling Putin a “crazy little tsar”.

Russian law enforcement officers detain a protester during an anti-war protest in St. Petersburg (REUTERS)
Russian law enforcement officers detain a demonstrator during an anti-war protest in St. Petersburg (REUTERS) (STRINGER/)

In Moscow, a woman dressed in a red coat shouted “No to war!” her before being dragged by the police to a van, according to a journalist from the AFP.

“It hurts me to see what is happening and do nothing”said to the AFP a man in his 50s, before being detained with his 17-year-old son.

Russian officers arrest an opposition protester in St. Petersburg (REUTERS)
Russian officers arrest an opposition protester in St. Petersburg (REUTERS) (STRINGER /)

“I couldn’t stay home. This war must be stopped.”declared to the AFP 21-year-old student Anton Kislov in St. Petersburg.

The independent monitoring group OVD-Info said that More than 7,000 people in total in Russia had been arrested in demonstrations over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine that began last Thursday.

A protester reacts while being detained by a law enforcement officer in St. Petersburg (REUTERS)
A protester reacts while being detained by a law enforcement officer in St. Petersburg (REUTERS) (STRINGER /)

Navalny, 45, led Russia’s biggest protests against Putin in recent years and was the target of a poisoning attack blamed on the Kremlin in 2020. He is now serving a prison sentence on old fraud charges outside Moscow.

A protester walks while being detained by a law enforcement officer in Saint Petersburg, Russia (REUTERS)
A protester walks while being detained by a law enforcement officer in St. Petersburg, Russia (REUTERS) (STRINGER /)
Russian law enforcement officers detain a person wearing a symbol of the press in St. Petersburg (REUTERS)
Russian law enforcement officers detain a person wearing a symbol of the press in St. Petersburg (REUTERS) (STRINGER /)
Law enforcement officers block an area (REUTERS)
Law enforcement officers block an area (REUTERS) (STRINGER /)
An officer arrests a protester (REUTERS)
An officer arrests a protester (REUTERS) (STRINGER /)
Protesters line up as they wait to get into a police vehicle (REUTERS)
Protesters line up as they wait to get into a police vehicle (REUTERS) (STRINGER/)
Russian agents block demonstrators during a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine (REUTERS)
Russian agents block demonstrators during a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine (REUTERS) (STRINGER/)
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Riot police officers detain a man during a protest in Moscow (Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
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Police officers detain a protester in central Moscow on March 2, 2022 (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
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A protester is subdued in the center of Saint Petersburg (Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)
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Police officers detain women during a protest in central Moscow (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
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Police officers detain a man during a protest (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)
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Police officers detain a man (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)
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Another arrest (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
A demonstrator shows a peace symbol painted on her hand, next to a Russian officer, during the protest in St. Petersburg (REUTERS)
A protester shows a peace symbol painted on her hand, next to a Russian officer, during the protest in St. Petersburg (REUTERS) (STRINGER /)

(With information from AFP)

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