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At least 3,500 people were detained on Sunday in several demonstrations held in Russia to demand an end to the invasion of Ukraine, in response to the appeal of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
As reported by the Russian news agency Tass and Interfax, Irina Volk, spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, indicated that at least 3,500 people were detained in a series of protests that took place in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities.
According to that source, some 2,500 people demonstrated in Moscow, of whom 1,700 were detained, while another 1,500 took part in a similar protest in St. Petersburg, where 750 of them were arrested.
The spokeswoman said another 1,200 people held demonstrations in other regions of the country, of whom 1,061 were detained.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny today urged the country’s population to “ignore the bans” and take to the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg this Sunday to demand an end to the invasion of Ukraine and protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin as the architect of the intervention.
The Prosecutor General’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs had warned the population not to participate in the protests, recalling that it would be punishable by imprisonment, a warning that Navalny has denounced as an act of repression.