Protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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May 19, 2022

Protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, took place in many countries around the world in the form of rallies, one-man pickets and public actions.

In Russia

Police in Russia have detained more than 7,500 Russians for participating in anti-war protests. Authorities urged citizens not to take part in "unauthorized" protests that threatened to be punished. More than 60 Russian journalists and activists have been arrested. According to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov, Novaya Gazeta was to be bilingual (in Russian and Ukrainian) in support of Ukraine. Muratov, as well as journalist Mikhail Zigar, director Volodymyr Mirzoyev and others signed a document stating that Ukraine does not pose a threat to Russia, and called on Russian citizens to "say no to this war." Olena Chernenko, a Kommersant journalist, distributed a critical open letter signed by 170 journalists and scholars. started a war, "bandits and thieves." He later called on Russians to protest daily against Ukraine's invasion. Russia's military invasion of Ukraine was condemned by TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak, pop star Valery Meladze and TV presenter Ivan Urgant. Russian oppositionist and politician Marina Litvinovich has called for anti-war protests in Russian cities. She was later detained by Russian police. Russian rapper Oxxxymiron canceled six concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg, saying: "I can not entertain you when Russian missiles fall on Ukraine. When the people of Kyiv are forced to hide in basements and in the subway, and people die. ”Russian State Duma deputy Mikhail Matveyev first voted in favor of recognizing the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics as Russia. However, he later condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, explaining: "I voted for peace, not war. I wanted Russia to be a shield, not to bomb Donbas, not to bomb Kyiv. ”Two correspondents of the Russian service of Radio Svoboda and two journalists�