More Than 5,000 Detained At Anti-War Protests in Russia
According to the latest data from the OVD-Info project, more than 5,000 people were detained there, including almost 2,000 in Moscow and more than 1,000 in St. Petersburg.
In dozens of cities in Russia on Sunday, March 6, protests were held against the armed invasion of Russia into the territory of Ukraine.
Apparently, this is the largest number of arrests at protests in one day in the recent history of Russia. On January 23, 2021, fewer people were detained at protests over the arrest of Mr. Alexei Navalny, so far considered the most massive uncoordinated protests since the 1990s.
The screws are being fully tightened – essentially we are witnessing military censorship, Maria Kuznetsova, OVD-Info’s spokeswoman, said by telephone from Tbilisi.
We are seeing rather big protests today, even in Siberian cities where we only rarely saw such numbers of arrests, she added.
Anti-war actions have been taking place in Russia since the first day of the invasion - February 24th. More than 13,000 were arrested during the one-person protests or caught to forward "false" information about the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.
The action on March 6 became one of the most massive, despite the lack of permission from the authorities. Comrades-in-arms of the oppositionist Alexei Navalny and himself were called to come out to protest.