Russians took to the streets to protest President Putin’s announcement of the partial mobilization of the military reservists. Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons and accused the West of provocation.
Protests flared up across Russia after Putin’s speech, with at least 525 arrests being made, according to OVD-Info. The prosecutor’s office warned people joining anti-war protests could face up to 15 years in prison.
Wednesday night’s protests in Russia were reminiscent of similar demonstrations immediately after Putin ordered Russia to invade Ukraine on February 24. The mobilization announcement was met with harsh criticism and condemnation by Ukrainian and Western officials.