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Protests in Russia against the call for reservist soldiers leave some 1,400 detainees while authorities describe the news of queues about leaving the country as “very exaggerated”

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At least 1,386 people were arrested in Russia this Wednesday in protests called by a peace movement against the partial mobilization decreed by the Russian president, Vladimir Putinto face the defeats suffered in Ukraine.

“At least 1,386 people were arrested in 38 cities,” the independent organization OVD-Info, which tracks arrests and has been declared a “foreign agent” by the Russian authorities, reported today on its Telegram channel.

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The human rights organization reported detainees in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Ufa, Krasnoyarsk, Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, Arkhangelsk, Korolev, Voronezh, Zheleznogorsk, Izhevsk, Tomsk, Salavat, Tyumen , Volgograd, Petrozavodsk, Samara, Surgut, Smolensk, Belgorod and other cities.

Russian policemen detain a participant of an unauthorized protest against the partial mobilization for the conflict in Ukraine in the center of Moscow on Wednesday. EFE/EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV
Photo: MAXIM SHIPENKOV

According to OVD-Info, the police acted with violence against the demonstrators and among those detained are several journalists.

The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office indicated that it will punish organization and participation in illegal actions with up to 15 years in prison.

They do not leave Russia

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“Reports that there is a certain hubbub at airports are highly exaggerated,” said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, in his daily telephone press conference.

This is how Peskov responded to a question about the news published in some media about queues at border posts to leave Russia, as well as the exhaustion of plane tickets for some destinations where Russians do not need a visa.

He stressed that on this matter “there is a lot of false information” and added that “be careful not to be a victim of this lying information.”

The peace movement Vesná (Spring) called for a new national protest against the partial mobilization for Saturday.

“The mobilization is already actively taking place throughout the country. Soon thousands of our men will be sent to the front lines. We can and must speak out against it!” the group points out on its Telegram channel. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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