Reports: Over 50 Russian Cities Flooded with Anti-War Protests

Reports: Over 50 Russian Cities Flooded with Anti-War Protests

Multiple reports published Thursday documented anti-war protests in over 50 cities throughout Russia that night, following violent crackdowns in response to strongman Vladimir Putin’s military assault of neighboring Ukraine.

Reports following the protests indicated over 1,400 arrests; Russian officials warned citizens that organizing peaceful assemblies against the war in Ukraine was illegal on Thursday, apparently hoping to discourage more mobilization against Putin.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made multiple direct appeals to the Russian people to protest against the assault and in the name of Ukrainian citizens. On Thursday, Zelensky urged Russians, “I would very much like you to speak on Red Square or somewhere else on the streets of your capital, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities in Russia. Not only in Instagram – it is very important.”

Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against Russia

Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in central Saint Petersburg on February 24, 2022. (SERGEI MIKHAILICHENKO/AFP via Getty Images)

Frances Martel