WARNING: SOOTHING CONTENT More than 4,000 people have been arrested in Russia during protests against the invasion of Ukraine, including a man who was beaten by police in riot gear
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A Russian protesting the brutal invasion of Ukraine was filmed being beaten by police in riot gear as anti-war demonstrations erupted across the country.
Around 5,000 people attended events in 56 different cities across dozens of Russian cities, with chants such as “No to the war” and “Shame on you” aimed at tyrant Vladimir Putin.
Dozens of protesters in Yekaterinburg, near the Ural Mountains, were filmed on social media as they were arrested by police.
One of the group was shown being dragged to the ground in snowy conditions by police officers in riot gear who hit him with batons before one kicked him in the chest.
The scene was quickly hidden by more officers before the person filming was pushed away.
According to Russia’s Interior Ministry, police arrested around 3,500 people, including 1,700 in Moscow, 750 in Saint Petersburg and 1,061 in other cities.
Independent protest monitoring group OVD-Info said it had documented the detention of at least 4,366 people in 56 different cities.
Spokeswoman Maria Kuznetsova said: “The screws are being fully tightened – essentially we are witnessing military censorship
“We’re seeing pretty big protests today, even in Siberian cities where we’ve rarely seen such numbers of arrests.”
Some Russian state-controlled media ran brief reports of Sunday’s protests, but they did not appear high in the newscasts.
Russia’s RIA news agency said Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square was “liberated” by police who had arrested some participants in an unauthorized protest against the military operation in Ukraine.
RIA also showed footage of what appeared to be Kremlin supporters driving down the embankment in Moscow with Russian flags showing the “Z” and “V” markings used by Russian forces on tanks operating in Ukraine.
About 2,000 people also took part in an anti-war protest in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty.
A statue of Lenin in the city had blue and yellow balloons on its hands, while others waved Ukrainian flags.
At another protest in St. Petersburg, a Russian WWII survivor was arrested by Kremlin thugs.
When a peaceful protest took place in the city, riot police arrived.
Union leader sir Keir Starmer Praising the bravery of the Russian protesters, adding in the House of Commons: “They remind us that the Russian people are not our enemy, but victims of thieves who have stolen their wealth and their chance at democracy.”
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