Anti-war protesters in Russia reportedly handed draft papers

by | Sep 22, 2022 | World

Independent news outlets said some of those arrested were served summons to report to military enlistment offices on Thursday.More than 1,000 people have been arrested across Russia, according to a local monitoring group, following protests against Moscow’s partial mobilisation order on Wednesday.
Independent news outlets said some of those arrested were served a summons to report to military enlistment offices on Thursday, the first full day of conscription.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked about reports that men detained were being given draft papers, said it was not against the law.
President Vladimir Putin’s call to mobilise another 300,000 Russians to fight in Ukraine signalled an escalation in the war which has already killed thousands and displaced millions.
The OVD-Info monitor said nearly 1,400 people in 38 Russian cities were detained in anti-war protests on Wednesday.
Police detain a demonstrator during a protest against mobilisation in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, September 21, 2022 [Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo]
According to AFP news agency journalists in central Moscow, at least 50 people were detained by police in anti-riot gear, while in Saint Petersburg, police surrounded and detained a small group of protesters, loading them onto a bus as they chanted, “No mobilisation!”
“Everyone is scared. I am for peace and I don’t want to have to shoot,” said protester Vasily Fedorov, a student wearing a pacifist symbol on his chest, AFP reported.
In Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, police hauled onto buses some of the 40 protesters who were detained at an anti-war rally.
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