Mobilization: Police stop protests – Rusty rifles for reservists

The partial mobilization in Russia also led to protests and attempts to flee among the Russian population on Saturday. Meanwhile, reports about the lack of equipment and training of the drafted conscripts were circulating again on social networks.

By Saturday, more than 700 people had been arrested during the protests against the partial mobilization ordered by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. The human rights portal reported in Moscow in the evening of 747 arrests in a total of 32 cities across the country. It was only about the men and women who were known by name, and significantly more people could be in custody, it said. At least 380 arrests were reported for the Russian capital Moscow alone – and 125 for St. Petersburg.

Partial mobilization in Russia: police crack down on protests

Meanwhile, the Russian police took brutal action against participants in the anti-war protests banned by the authorities. Videos were released on social networks from St. Petersburg showing men in combat uniform and helmets beating demonstrators.

The portal, citing eyewitnesses, reported that the security forces used stun guns. Meanwhile, photos show that some of the police officers wore the “Z” symbol on their helmets, believed to be a sign of support for the war against Ukraine.

Russian authorities, meanwhile, have confirmed for the first time a “significant” increase in cars arriving from Russia at the border with Georgia. “There is a significant rush of private vehicles,” said the Interior Ministry of the Russian border region of North Ossetia on Saturday.

Fleeing mobilization: Long traffic jams at border crossings

Accordingly, “around 2300” vehicles were waiting to pass a border crossing. The ministry called on people to refrain from traveling to Georgia. In the past few days, there have been long traffic jams at border crossings with neighboring Russian countries.

While some are trying to avoid partial mobilization, photos and videos that apparently show the combat gear of Russian conscripts caused a stir on Saturday. Significantly rusted AK-47 assault rifles can be seen in the footage. “Bellingcat” journalist Christo Grosew published the pictures on Twitter.

Partial mobilization: Russian reservists get rusty rifles

Other footage showed fights between newly recruited Russian men and security agencies. The conscripts had asked the police officers “to die with them in the trenches,” reported Reuters reporter Jake Cordell on Twitter.

The partial mobilization had already caused many protests in Russia since Wednesday, but also raised doubts about the fitness of the conscripts. Kremlin chief Putin wants to draft in around 300,000 reservists to hold the areas still occupied in Ukraine after the Russian army was defeated.

Seven months after the invasion of Ukraine, Putin announced the partial mobilization of his army in an initially postponed TV speech. (with dpa/afp)

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