1,300 detained in anti-war demonstrations throughout Russia: rights group

More than 1,300 Russians were detained in 40 cities during protests on Wednesday opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial call-up of the

country’s military. Independent human rights organization OVD-Info published a list of the detainees that shows at least 537 of them arrested in Moscow, the country’s

capital. Russian authorities detained an additional 479 demonstrators in St. Petersburg, with dozens more detained in cities like Yekaterinburg, Permian and Chelyabinsk,

according to the group. Putin made the mobilization announcement in an address to the nation on Wednesday, with the Kremlin saying up to 300,000 soldiers could be

drafted. “When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we, of course, will use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people,” Putin

said in his translated remarks.  Thousands of Russians attempted to flee the country, with international flights quickly selling out or skyrocketing in price. Others

traveled by car to Russia’s borders, where some were turned away. Putin’s call-up of reservists comes after Ukrainian forces began a counteroffensive, reclaiming

thousands of square kilometers of territory in the eastern part of the country that Russia had held after it invaded Ukraine in February. The mobilization decision could

be a make-or-break stage for Putin as he faces rare criticism from some state television personalities and municipal officials for the Russian military’s recent losses.