A woman flashes a small sign containing her “two-word” message before she is taken away by three armed officers at Manezhnaya Square in Moscow, Russia
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A woman in Russia was chased away by police shortly after holding up a two-word banner in Moscow.
Protesters managed to display her message for just three seconds before she was surrounded by heavily armed officers at the capital’s famous Manezhnaya Square.
She was detained after holding up a small sign that read “two words” in a shocking example of how the country is cracking down on free speech.
The woman stood alone and was asked by a cameraman if she supported activists who spoke out against Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Responding that she did, she added: “I’d like to ask your opinion if I can only say two words.
“Am I arrested for this or not?”
She was led away by three officers in a video that has garnered more than a million views on Twitter.
Another woman then walked up to the person filming in the square and asked “are you just filming opposites?”
When told “we’re filming everyone,” she replied, “and if anyone else has an opinion, are you filming that too?”
She then told about those in Russia who did not object and who believed in Vladimir Putin’s “military operations”.
But she was also chased and taken away by the police before she could share her own views in support of the invasion.
Protesters gathered in many areas across Russia on Sunday and more than 700 people were arrested, according to human rights group OVD-Info.
A dozen arrests have been made in Moscow and police are weeding out anyone without press papers, AFP reported.
Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, also reported multiple arrests including one protester being dragged across the ground.
More than 14,200 people have been arrested in Russia for taking part in anti-war protests since Ukraine’s invasion.
It is understood that at least 150 independent editors and reporters have left the country in a crackdown on independent journalism, according to the New York Committee to Protect Journalists.
A video of a “two-word” protester in Moscow has been shared on Twitter and has been viewed more than a million times.
Sharing the clip, civic group Activatica tweeted: “Two words and you’re in a train car.
“How many seconds do you need to be detained on Manezhnaya Square? Spoiler, one and a half. #StopPutin #StopWar.”
The battle for the Ukrainian capital Kyiv continued on Monday with residential buildings being hit by artillery and rocket debris elsewhere in the city.
Officials have announced new evacuation routes in response to pleas to safely move thousands of refugees.
Meanwhile, the US claims that Russia has asked China for weapons and aid for the invasion of Ukraine.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned Beijing would “absolutely” face consequences if it helped Moscow evade sweeping sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
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