More than 1,300 people arrested in anti-mobilization protests across Russia

Security forces arrested more than 1,300 people in anti-mobilization protests in Russia on Wednesday, a rights group said, hours after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s first military service since World War II.

Independent protest monitoring group OVD-Info said more than 1,311 people had been detained by late evening, according to data it gathered from 38 Russian cities.

It said those numbers included at least 502 in Moscow and 524 in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second most populous city.

Unauthorized rallies are illegal under Russian anti-protest laws.

Russian Interior Ministry official Irina Volk said in a statement quoted by Russian news outlets that officials had called off attempts to stage small-scale protests.

“In some regions there have been attempts to stage illicit actions that have brought together an extremely small number of participants,” Volk was quoted as saying.

“These were all stopped. And those who broke the law were arrested and taken to police stations for investigation and their responsibility determined.”

One-way flights from Russia skyrocketed on Wednesday and quickly sold out after Putin ordered 300,000 reservists to be called up immediately.

There have also been reports of male detainees being issued with military service notices at police stations after their incarceration. More than 1,300 people arrested in anti-mobilization protests across Russia

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