Russian security forces detained dozens of demonstrators in various towns and cities on September 21 after President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilization of military reserve forces.
Footage from Novosibirsk, where a few dozen people rallied in the central square, shows at least two people being detained. The first man shown being taken into custody had shouted, “I don’t want to die for Putin or for you,” according to Russian independent media outlet Mediazona and Ukrainian media reports.
OVD-Info, an independent human-rights monitoring group in Russia, recorded dozens of detentions at anti-mobilization rallies in cities including Moscow, Perm, Yakutsk, St Petersburg, Izhevsk, and Yekaterinburg.
Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu said that under the decree, which was published on the Kremlin’s website, around 300,000 reservists could be mobilized to support the war in Ukraine. Credit: ACT-54 Black via Storyful