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Chaos and panic after Putin’s speech: Demonstrations broke out all over Russia, the state police also intervened – Topky.sk

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On Wednesday, September 21, thousands of protesters were arrested across Russia. From the Far East to Moscow, there were protests against the announcement of partial mobilization ordered by President Vladimir Putin. According to OVD-Info, a portal that monitored the situation in the country, at least 1,386 protesters have been detained so far, the majority of whom are women. Police in Moscow reportedly handed some detainees summonses for military service regardless of their experience, reports The Moscow Times. The Vesna opposition movement, as well as supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, called on Russian citizens on Wednesday evening to take to the streets and oppose the Kremlin’s decision to reinforce its troops in Ukraine with a “partial” mobilization. Demonstrations According to local reports, the first protests took place in Siberia and the Far East, where dozens of people were arrested, often just minutes after the rallies began. In the capital, several hundred people gathered on the central Starý Arbat street, with the participation of a large group of police officers. Demonstrators were seen chanting “No war!” or “Send Putin to the trenches!” and “Let our children live!” In St. Petersburg, demonstrators gathered near the central Saint Isaac’s Square. However, they were quickly surrounded by the police. But some managed to continue the march through the city center. In Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city, a video posted on social media showed a protester shouting “I don’t want to die for Putin!” At least 45 people were detained in Yekaterinburg. Banners like “No war! No mobilization!” appeared all over the country. and “Our husbands, fathers and brothers do not want to kill other husbands and fathers.” The Russians came to protest despite Wednesday’s warning from the Prosecutor General’s Office that unauthorized protests could be punishable by up to 15 years behind bars. The reason was supposed to be the dissemination of false information about the army, which already became a criminal offense in February, reports the New York Times. People are against “I think people were shocked by Putin’s speech. They simply could not believe that he announced mobilization,” said Anastasia (36), one of the organizers of the petition, who lives in St. Petersburg, but did not give her last name for security reasons. The petition against “full and partial mobilization” collected almost 300,000 signatures by Wednesday evening. On Wednesday afternoon, Navalny released the results of a survey commissioned by his organization that asked respondents how they would react to mandatory mobilization. Almost half spoke against it. Mobilization Russian laws allow mobilization in case of foreign aggression or attack on Russia. This is the first time that Russia will mobilize since the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Since Putin has been declaring his invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” since the beginning, the Kremlin has so far not implemented any of the measures traditionally associated with war. But Wednesday’s announcement changes that. Photo gallery (3) Source: Getty Images According to Putin, partial mobilization will be limited to reservists with relevant military experience. “We are talking about partial mobilization. Only citizens who are currently in the reserves and above all those who served in the armed forces will be called up for military service,” the president said. “Russia will call up a total of 300,000 reservists,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in televised comments following Putin’s speech. That’s a significant number, especially compared to the 190,000 troops Russia is estimated to have amassed for its February invasion of Ukraine. Photo gallery (3) Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
Source: TASR/Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP Protracted process “Russia has not declared mobilization for a very long time. They are gathering people and sending them to the front lines with old training, poor leadership, equipment maintained in even worse condition than active duty ,” said Dara Massicotová, an expert focusing on Russian politics. Mobilizing reserves is a lengthy, resource-intensive process, meaning it is unlikely to have an immediate impact on Ukraine, analysts say. Even if such units are ready, Russia will probably only be able to deploy them to perform relatively simple tasks, such as holding defensive lines.

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