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Russian Law Enforcement Detains Almost 800 People in Anti-Government Protests

Russian law enforcement officers surround a person during a rally, after opposition activists called for street protests against the mobilization of reservists ordered by President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Sept. 24, 2022. voanews.com
Russian law enforcement officers surround a person during a rally, after opposition activists called for street protests against the mobilization of reservists ordered by President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Sept. 24, 2022. voanews.com

Nearly 800 people have been detained in Russia as protests against the country's partial military mobilization continue in cities across the country.

As of Sunday, at least 796 people had been detained in 33 cities, with almost half of the total reported in the capital, Moscow, according to OVD-Info.

The human rights group, which monitors political arrests and detentions in Russia, said that some of those detained in the crackdown on dissent following this week's military call-up were minors.

The demonstrations erupted within hours after President Vladimir Putin on September 21 announced the partial military mobilization, which is intended to buttress Russian military forces fighting in Ukraine.

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