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Russian Federation - August 2022

Arrests of anti-war protesters

According to researchers at OVD-Info, Russia has arrested 16,437 individuals for expressing anti-war views in the six months since the start of its full-scale invasion on 24 February. After early anti-war rallies were suppressed through violence and mass arrests, police expanded the use of various vague and punitive laws regarding the armed forces to crack down on individual pickets and statements, and in more recent months, on social media comments and even private conversations.

Sources: Meduza

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