Russian police detain hundreds of people at anti-mobilization protests

25 September 2022, 10:35 AM
Hundreds of people have been detained at protests against mobilization in Russia (Photo:Kommersant St. Petersburg)

Hundreds of people have been detained at protests against mobilization in Russia (Photo:Kommersant St. Petersburg)

As many as 745 people were detained at anti-mobilization protests in Russia on Sept. 24, Russian rights watchdog OVD-Info has reported via the Telegram messenger.

At the same time, some of the detainees were served mobilization summonses at police stations.

Protests took place in 32 cities across Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Ulan-Ude.

A total of 745 people had been detained in Russia as of 9.48 p.m. Most of them, some 378 people, were detained in the capital city of Moscow. Meanwhile, police officers detained 127 people in St. Petersburg and 70 people in Novosibirsk.

Video of day

Russian human rights centers and opposition media published videos of the arrests on Sept. 24. According to the footage, some people were detained with particular cruelty.

Russian security forces were indiscriminate in their arrests, detaining minors, journalists, passers-by, couriers, and even Russia Today propagandists.

OVD-Info also published information from eyewitnesses that police officers were overheard discussing a certain planned number of detainees – implying that they probably had a quota of arrests to fulfil.

In addition, OVD-Info repeatedly received reports from men detained at the protests that they had been served mobilization summonses at police stations. Such cases were recorded in Moscow, Irkutsk, Samara, and Ryazan.

The protests against mobilization in Russia were the second ones since Sept. 21, when Russian dictator Vladimir Putin declared a “partial” mobilization in Russia.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 300,000 reservists would be called up during the partial mobilization.

However, according to Russian opposition media, classified mobilization plans envisage sending one million Russians or more to war against Ukraine.

The Kremlin is disproportionately mobilizes people from national minorities in the east of the country, while fewer ethnic Russians from the big cities in the “European” west of the country are drafted. This could be because the Putin regime does not want to encourage mass protests in its main power centers – Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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