On May 9, during events dedicated to Victory Day, Russian police detained at least 125 people, informs human rights project “OVD-Info”.
82 of them were detained for anti-war actions, pickets and symbols. Another 43 – for past actions and statements, for actions with a different theme, as well as “for preventive purposes,” the project writes.
In Moscow, on Pushkin Square, the police took a young man to a paddy wagon, who treated passers-by with sweets if they spoke out against the war. Egor Shatov, a journalist from the SOTA publication, was detained along with him, who at that moment was interviewing the candy distributor.
The detainees were taken to the Maryina Roshcha police department. Later Shatova released without protocol
Picketer Dmitry Koval was also detained on Pushkinskaya Square. He was holding a poster with the inscriptions “War is not peace, freedom is not slavery, ignorance is not strength.” Later he was released from the Tverskoy base camp with a protocol on “discrediting” the Russian army.
In addition, in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Orenburg and other cities of Russia, several dozen people were detained who came with anti-war posters to the Immortal Regiment procession. According to OVD-Info, some of them drew up protocols on “discrediting” the Russian army.
Separately, it is noted that at least 37 people were detained in the Moscow metro using a facial recognition system. Five of them were detained in connection with actions during the celebration of Victory Day, the rest were searched by the police for previous pickets. Among the detainees were lawyers Mikhail Biryukov and Yulia Tregubova, cooperating with OVD-Info.