More than 1,300 protesters arrested against Putin’s order on military mobilization
Russian security forces detained more than 1,300 people on Wednesday during protests against the mobilizationa group of activists reported, hours after President Vladimir Putin ordered the country’s first military draft since World War II.
The independent group OVD-Info said that according to information it collected from 38 Russian cities, more than 1,311 people they had been arrested until the night.
The group indicated that these figures include at least 502 people arrested in Moscow and 524 in Saint Petersburgthe second most populous city in Russia.
Unauthorized demonstrations are illegal under Russian law.
An official from the Russian Interior Ministry, Irina Volk, said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies that officers broke up attempts to organize what they called minor protests.
“In several regions, there were attempts to carry out unauthorized actions that brought together an extremely small number of participants,” Volk said.
“Everyone was arrested. Y those who broke the laws were arrested and taken to police stations to be investigated and establish their responsibility, “he said.
The price of flights abroad in Russia skyrocketed and tickets quickly sold out on Wednesday, after Putin ordered the immediate call-up of 300,000 reservists.