More than 700 people arrested in new day of protests in Russia

Polícia detém manifestante em São Petesburgo.
Police arrest protester in St. Petersburg.| Photo: Anatoly Maltsev/EFE

At least 744 people were arrested this Saturday (20) in Russia on the second day of protest actions against the mobilization decreed by President Vladimir Putin, with the aim of reversing the military setbacks in Ukraine.

At 20H36 (local time, 14H36 from Brasília), 744 people had been held in 22 cities across the country, according to OVD-Info, an organization that tracks documented arrests in Russia. Almost half of the arrests to date, 371, have been registered in the capital.2417365224173652In Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in the country, 67 people were arrested and the police used batons and tasers against the protesters, according to the local press. On thursday (22), one day after the mobilization was announced, around 1,400 people were arrested across the country.24173652

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