According to a monitoring group, approximately 3000 protestors have been detained in Russia in the previous three days for participating in anti-war demonstrations. “For the last three days, at least 3093 individuals from all over Russia have been arrested for anti-war protests,” tweeted ‘OVD-Info Monitor,’ a group that tracks arrests during protests around Russia.
According to the group, police detained at least 1967 persons on February 24, 634 on February 25, and 492 on February 26.
Protests were visible in cities around Russia, where thousands disregarded police warnings to take to central squares to condemn President Vladimir Putin’s military actions announced on Thursday.
Demonstrators also gathered outside the White House in the United States on Friday for a rally, following hours of protests outside the Russian embassy throughout the day.
“Protesting publicly against President Putin and his war is an extremely brave move. Their acts demonstrate to the rest of the world that, despite Kremlin propaganda, there are Russians who strongly oppose what he (Putin) is doing in Ukraine “Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, stated on Thursday.