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Russian authorities arrested more than 5,000 anti-war protesters in Cities across Russia Over the course of a day, according to the human rights group.
appreciate On Sunday, 5,138 people were arrested in 72 Russian cities As protests against the invasion of Ukraine swept the country, according to OVD-Info, an independent human rights project focused on political persecution in Russia.
The number represents the largest number of arrests in a single day since then Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. OVD-Info reports there have been a total of 13,508 arrests since the invasion.
There were reportedly at least 2,426 arrests in Moscow alone on Sunday, with at least 21 protesters detained overnight.
Voice of America reported that the protesters face prison sentences for their participation in the protests.
Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny Last Friday, in a post on his blog, he called for protests, telling Russians not to be afraid of suppressing such demonstrations.
“Show the world that the Russians do not want war. Go out to the squares of Berlin, New York, Amsterdam or Melbourne, wherever you are. Now we are all responsible for Russia’s future. What Russia will be in the eyes of the world,” he said in the post, according to Reuters.
“You may be afraid, but succumbing to this fear means standing up for fascists and murderers. Putin has already wrested from Russia its economy, its relations with the world and hope for the future,” Navalny said.