The videos of the brutal repression of the protests in Russia

Russian security forces more than 1,100 people have been arrested in the national protest called by a peace movement this Wednesday against the partial mobilization announced today by President Vladimir Putin in the framework of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

“There were more than 1,161 people detained in 25 cities,” said the independent organization OVD-Info, which tracks arrests and has been declared a foreign agent in Russia. The record of arrests goes up fast.

The detainee account organization in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Ufa, Krasnoyarsk, Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, Arkhangelsk, Korolev, Voronezh, Zheleznogorsk, Izhevsk, Tomsk, Salavat, Tyumen, Volgograd, Petrozavodsk, Samara, Surgut, Smolensk and Belgorod.

In the capital there are at least 122 detainees and in Saint Petersburg at least 146, according to the same source.

In the center of Moscow, where there were hundreds of protesters on the Arbat streetthe arrests by the riot police began as soon as the protest started, as the agency was able to verify EFE.

The crowd shouted “not to the war” between applause and “Putin to the trench”.

A demonstrator with a protest poster in Moscow was immediately arrested by the agents, who took him away.

Others chanted “The police are the shame of Russia.”

“Why are you doing this if tomorrow you are going to be sent to the war in Ukraine?” Some addressed the agents.

“Die for what, to saint of what?”, they added.

Between the chants you could also hear “life for our children”in reference to the declarations of the head of the Defense Committee of the Duma or Chamber of Deputies, Andrei Kartapolov, that the first mobilized will be reserve non-commissioned officers under 35 years of age and officers under 45 years of age.

Those mobilized in Moscow they tried to create human chains to avoid arrests, while the police created cordons to prevent the passage of the demonstrators, who intended to go down Arbat Street until they reached the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Shortly after, law enforcement began to clear the area and push protesters towards the beginning of the pedestrian street.

In anticipation that the Russian security forces would try to prevent or repress the protests, the movement had published the contact details of OVD-Infowho defends those arrested and who was declared a “foreign agent” in Russia a year ago.

According to this organization, Since the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine there have been 16,437 arrests in protests against the military intervention.

(With information from EFE)

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