Despite a strict ban on demonstrations, people in 44 Russian cities took part in anti-war demonstrations. The police authorities were not squeamish about the – often very young – participants and, according to local activists, arrested more than 1,700 people in Moscow and St. Petersburg alone.
A video shows a young girl holding up a sign that reads in Cyrillic: “W Wojne Prokrivaju Sve” – In war everyone loses. After just a few moments, she was simply dragged off the street and taken away by Russian police officers.
In Yekaterinburg, a hundred youths were on the street holding up signs that read, “Russian people against the war.” The officers arrested most of the participants, some of whom were minors. Depending on the source, between 1,000 and 2,000 people gathered at Pushkin Square in the heart of Moscow. Again and again chants could be heard: “No to war.” Almost 1,000 people are said to have been arrested at this protest in the capital alone.