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The Russian opposition summoned this Wednesday protests against President Vladimir Putinafter he ordered the mobilization of 300,000 reservists for which the main critic of the Kremlin, Alexei Navalniconsiders it a “failed criminal war” against Ukraine.

The Russian president on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilization since World War II and backed a plan to annex swaths of Ukraine, warning the West that he was not bluffing when he said he would be willing to use nuclear weapons to defend Moscow.

Navalny, the main Russian opposition leader currently in prison, said Putin was sending more Russians to their deaths over a failed war. “It is clear that the criminal war is getting worse, deepening, and Putin is trying to involve as many people as possible in this,” he said in a message from jail.

“He wants to stain hundreds of thousands of people with blood,” Navalny said. Since the beginning of the invasion, Putin has cracked down on dissent and the media, with thousands of arrests in anti-war protests and a new law that provides 15-year prison terms for those who distribute “fake news” about the military. Reuters reported

Russian state television brands critics as traitors in the pay of the West. Russian anti-war groups called for street protests against the mobilization order. “This means that thousands of Russian men – our fathers, brothers and husbands – will be thrown into the meat grinder of war,” the Vesna anti-war coalition said.

“Now the war has come to every home and every family,” they added. In the days after the war began, riot police cracked down on nightly street protests by arresting at least 16,000 demonstrators, according to rights group OVD-Info.

Source: Elintransigente

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