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Over 3,000 anti-war protesters detained over 3 days in Russia: Report


Moscow: Over 3,000 protesters have been detained in Russia over the last three days for participating in anti-war protests, a monitoring group named OVD-Info reported. The police detained at least 1,967 people on February 24, 634 on February 25 and 492 on February 26, the group tweeted.

Protests were seen in cities across Russia, where thousands of people defied police threats to take to central squares and protest against the military operations announced by President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. Demonstrators also gathered outside the White House in the US on Friday for a rally that followed hours of demonstrations outside the Russian embassy throughout the day.

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‘For the last three days, at least 3,093 people have been arrested for anti-war protests from all over Russia,’ OVD-Info Monitor, a group tracking arrests during protests all over Russia, tweeted. ‘Protests against Russia’s military operations in Ukraine continue in cities across Russia. According to OVD-Info (recognized as a foreign agent), more than 468 protesters have been detained in 34 cities of the country so far. The total number of detainees in three days exceeds 3,000 people,’ tweeted Bot Tak TV.

‘To publicly protest against President Putin and his war is a deeply courageous act. Their actions show the world that despite the Kremlin’s propaganda, there are Russians who profoundly disagree with what he (Putin) is doing in Ukraine’, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had said on Thursday.


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