Families of Russian servicemen involved in the crisis in Ukraine flocked to the streets to express their concerns, creating a wave of protests in Moscow and Yekaterinburg. Several people were arrested as a result of the rallies, underscoring the nation’s rising unrest and anxiety.
Five people in Yekaterinburg were detained by the police when they were laying flowers at a military monument, according to reports from the Russian OWD-Info human rights website. Meanwhile, two journalists were arrested in Moscow, the country’s capital, during the demonstration at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier inside the Kremlin Wall. Fortunately, both journalists were later released.
The Moscow protest gathered a sizable audience and a lengthy queue of people formed in front of the memorial, many of them waving red carnations. Due to the increasing unrest, the authorities were concerned, as seen by the large number of police present during the demonstration.
The state prosecutor in Moscow declared the assembly to be unlawful in a statement released before the protest. Social media users urged the public to participate in the protest in parallel with this warning. Reporters covering a similar anti-war demonstration in Moscow last weekend were among those arrested, suggesting that the crackdown on dissent is becoming more severe.
The protests are a reflection of the enduring unease felt by the families of Russian servicemen fighting in Ukraine. Public discontent over the government’s military actions has resulted in several nationwide protests as worries for the troops’ safety and well-being have grown.
These protests have turned the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument of national memory, into its centre. The heavy police presence at the location highlights the government’s will to keep things under control and suppress any unrest brought on by the public’s opposition to the war.