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Putin Should Worry: Russians Are Protesting Moscow’s Ukraine War Escalation

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Russian President Putin from back in 2018.

More Than 1,300 Russian Protesters Arrested As Putin Escalates War – More than 1,300 Russian protesters were detained earlier this week as rallies rage across Russia. In the capital city of Moscow, hundreds of people gathered on Wednesday following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a “partial mobilization” of the military to Ukraine.

Protesters chanted “no war!” and others called for Putin to be sent into the trenches with the soldiers, according to reports by The Moscow Times. Photographs shared by the Russian news outlet showed how anti-war protesters were dragged away by police officers and pinned to the ground and arrested.

OVD-Info, a human rights watchdog, revealed how at least 1,252 people were arrested from 38 cities across Russia as of Wednesday. By Friday, the figure had risen to 1,348, and the OVD-Info website also revealed that 10 political criminal court cases were taking place over the next week.

Russia’s Interior Ministry responded to the arrests, describing “additional measures” that have been taken to respond to the anti-Putin protests.

“In a number of regions, attempts were made to carry out unauthorized actions, which gathered an extremely small number of participants. All of them were stopped, and the persons who committed offenses were detained and taken to the territorial police units for investigation and prosecution,” a statement reads.

Video footage shared online showed the scale of the protests all over the country, which ranged from small and peaceful protests by older residents to larger protests from younger activists.

One video showed peaceful protesters in Russian-occupied Snihurivka, in the Mykolaiv region, gathering and holding Ukrainian flags.

Other videos showed people marching through cities and chanting “no to war!”

Advice for Detainees in Russia

The OVD-Info website also offers advice for detainees on how to protect themselves in the event they are arrested. On the “Instruction of the ideal detainee” page, the human rights organizations says that the first rule is to “try to avoid detention.”

“If this does happen, the second rule is to remain icy calm. And the third rule is to know what exactly awaits you and how to defend your rights,” the page reads.

In most cases, the organization says, most things will go smoothly. The detainees will be taken away in a “paddy wagon” and after spending around three hours in the police station filling out paperwork, many people will be allowed to go free. But in sOme cases where this doesn’t happen, detainees are advised not to get aggressive or raise their voices.

“An aggressive tone, a raised voice, and complaints about violating every, even the most minor, rules can create even more problems for you. It is no coincidence that we called our guide the ‘Instruction of the Ideal Detainee’ – the reality is far from ideals, and even further from them is the behavior of police officers,” the page continues.

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A Russian tank under attack by a drone from Ukraine. Image Credit: YouTube/Ukrainian military.

“Knowing the laws and demanding their observance is important and necessary, but in a stressful and dangerous situation, there is nothing more important than common sense.”

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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  1. Gary Jacobs

    September 24, 2022 at 10:47 am

    It is an interesting contrast that when Russia invaded Ukraine, one of the most search terms on Google in Ukraine was ‘how to make a molotov cocktail’, and in Russia after Putin’s speech… a huge spiked in the search term for ‘how to leave Russia without a visa’.

    It’s nice that some people are protesting, and many just want to leave… what they should be doing is working together, making those molotov cocktails, and massing at the Kremlin to force Putin to resign in favor of a democratically elected new Russian government that will end the aggression in Ukraine… and give Russia a chance for a more normal future.

  2. Tamerlane

    September 24, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    A more democratically elected Russian government will even harder in its position opposing Ukraine entering an anti-Russian military alliance.

  3. Gary Jacobs

    September 24, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Tamerlane – You’re one of the newer pro-Russian trolls around here. Sorry to burst your oligarch bubble, but no… A Russian electorate that is free from Putin’s propaganda machine will see what this war has cost them… and it is already happening as the lines to leave the country stretch for hundreds of KMs…and flights out are booked solid. With 50,000+ already dead or wounded, and a shabby excuse for a conscript army looking to add to that body count… there is only so long Putin will be able to sustain that in the 21st century.

    I wouldnt be surprised to see some of that conscript army get together and roll out of Ukraine on the M4 highway to Moscow to go after the Kremlin instead of Ukraine. But then again Putin has already sent in his Chechen goon squad to make sure his troops in Kherson wont surrender or retreat. So now they are just getting dismantled bit by bit.

    His methods are not exactly great for morale, and the more huge piles of BS he shovels at his people… the less likely people believe what he is selling. Any legit democratic vote that happens in Russia after that will be very bad for his criminal clique.

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