Police detain more than 2,000 people at anti-war protests held in cities across Russia
Feb 28. 2022: According to a report by Reuters, Russian police detained more than 2,000 people at anti-war protests held in 48 cities across Russia on Sunday, a protest monitoring group said, as people defied the authorities to show their anger over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
More than 5,500 people have been detained since the anti-war protests began on Thursday, according to the OVD-Info Monitor, which has documented crackdowns against Russia’s opposition for years. In Moscow, the police of riots were often more than protesters, some of whom had lifted the hand-written play cards on which peace marks and the war in Russian and Ukraine were marked.
Some wore masks with the word “Enough” emblazoned in the front.
The protests on Sunday coincided with the seventh anniversary of the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Some of the arrests took place at an improvised memorial just outside the Kremlin at the site where Nemtsov was shot.
Ukraine’s Western allies have imposed extraordinary sanctions in response to Russia’s land, sea and air strikes. Putin on Sunday ordered his military command to keep nuclear-armed forces on high alert as Ukrainian fighters defending the city of Kharkiv say they have repulsed an attack by attacking Russian troops.
On Sunday, tens of thousands of people across Europe marched against the Russian invasion, with 100,000 people protesting in Berlin in solidarity with Ukraine.
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