Russian police detain more than 800 participants in anti-war demonstrations against Ukraine

Russian police detain more than 800 participants in anti-war demonstrations against Ukraine
Russian police detain more than 800 participants in anti-war demonstrations against Ukraine


On Thursday, Russian police arrested more than 800 people during their participation in demonstrations against the war waged by Moscow on Ukraine, according to an independent observatory.


The OVD-info observatory, which is concerned with documenting the arrests of participants in opposition demonstrations, reported that more than 800 people were arrested in 40 cities, noting that more than 450 were arrested in Moscow.


The Russian authorities had vowed to suppress every unauthorized demonstration organized in the country against the war in Ukraine, as Moscow launched a large-scale military operation in the morning.


The Russian Foreign Ministry, the Public Prosecution Office and the Russian Investigative Committee warned Russians against participating in any protest movement.


The investigation committee indicated that participants in gatherings on the  tense situation in foreign policy  or in clashes, will be subject to prosecution.


 We remind you that there will be serious legal consequences for calls for participation and direct participation in such unauthorized actions  she warned.


For its part, the Public Prosecution announced that it had issued  warnings to individuals urging them to participate in protests against the war in Ukraine.


The Interior Ministry warned that the gatherings would be  illegal  and that the police  will take all necessary measures to ensure the imposition of public order. 


Some accounts on social media have called on Russians to gather in Moscow and Saint Petersburg on Thursday evening to protest against the war. The Russian opposition has been suppressed in the past two years and its leaders have been imprisoned or driven into exile.


Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin's main opponent, is currently imprisoned in a case he considers political and faces new charges in a trial that began days ago in which he faces an additional 10-year prison sentence.


Navalny said Thursday he opposes Russia's war on Ukraine.


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