Russia: Over 1,300 detained during protests against mobilisation

Moscow: Russian policeman detains a participant of the protest against the partial mobilisation due to the war in Ukraine. Photo: PAP/EPA

More than 1,300 people have already been detained in Russia on Wednesday during nationwide protests against mobilisation for war with Ukraine, OWD-Info organisation reported. According to media outlets, brutal detentions by police are taking place.

OWD-Info reported that in St Petersburg, one detainee was beaten by officers when he stood up for a woman.

As of around 10.40 pm (9.40 pm in Poland), a total of around 1,311 people had been detained in 32 cities, the highest number in Moscow - 502 and in St Petersburg - 524. The organisation reports “brutal detentions” in both cities. Moreover, footage of people being pacified by police officers circulates social media. There are also reports of detentions of journalists.