More than a thousand people were arrested by Russian authorities on Thursday after citizens from across the country took to the streets to protest the invasion of Ukraine. To cries of “No to war!” could be heard among protesters in Moscow’s central Pushkinskaya Square, where police blocked access and rounded up around 600 people, according to The New York Times. Another 170 protesters were arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, according to OVD Info, a media rights project that tracks the arrests. The organization reported that more than 1,300 people had been arrested across Russia. Among those arrested was Marina Litvinovich, a well-known human rights activist, who posted a video on social media calling on Russians to take to the streets. Many Russian law enforcement agencies had warned citizens against the protests earlier on Thursday. The powerful commission of inquiry issued a statement threatening “negative legal consequences of these actions”, including criminal prosecution. “Everyone has to be there, it’s the only way to show that something monstrous is happening,” said an emotional protester in Moscow. Times.
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