Moscow. At least 364 people were arrested this Wednesday throughout Russia in demonstrations against the partial mobilization for the offensive in Ukraine announced hours before by the president Vladimir Putinindicated an NGO..

According to OVD-Info, an organization specialized in counting arrests, the mobilizations took place in at least 23 cities throughout the country.

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AFP journalists in Moscow saw at least 50 people detained in one of the central streets of the capital. In St. Petersburgthe second largest city in Russia, the police took away a bus full of detainees.

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$!'Send Putin to the trenches', protests break out in Russia against military mobilization;  more than 300 detainees

Protesters chanted “No to war!” and “No to the mobilization!”.

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Alexei Zavarki, 60, lamented the police response to the rallies.

$!'Send Putin to the trenches', protests break out in Russia against military mobilization;  more than 300 detainees

“I have come to participate, but it seems that they have already taken everyone”said. “I don’t know where we are going, this regime has signed its death sentence, it has destroyed the youth”assured.

In an address to the nation on Wednesday, Putin decreed a partial mobilization of Russian reservists for the offensive in Ukraine and assured that he was willing to use “all the means” in his arsenal against the West.

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“Everyone is afraid. I’m for peace and I don’t want to have to shoot. But it is very dangerous to go out now, otherwise there would have been a lot more people.”said a St. Petersburg protester, Vasily Fedorov, a student wearing a peace emblem on his chest.

With information from AFP

Source: Vanguardia

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