Russia: journalists and soldiers' wives arrested for two years of war

Russian authorities marked the two-year anniversary of the war with Ukraine this Saturday, February 24, by arresting journalists and soldiers' wives who came to lay flowers under the walls of the Kremlin.

They justify the intervention of the police by the fact that this gathering was prohibited.

A Muscovite near the Kremlin, February 24, 2024 (illustrative photo).


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With our correspondent in Moscow,

Jean-Didier Revoin

Several journalists, young people and soldiers' wives were arrested this Saturday morning near the flame of the unknown soldier a few meters from the Kremlin.

For a little over two months, women, mothers and daughters of mobilized Russians have been demanding their return from the front every Saturday with this symbolic gesture.

Far from criticizing the authorities, the special operation, or demanding an end to the fighting, these women have much simpler demands: that the men who have been fighting for two years can return to their loved ones, as part of soldier rotations. promised by the Ministry of Defense at the start of the conflict.

One of the participants told Russian media that the participants were able to carry out their symbolic action, but that they were under control, supervised in a convoy of the police.

But as this gathering was prohibited, the police made several arrests.

A way for those in power to avoid any excess after

the death of opponent Alexeï Navalny

on this day which marks

two years since the start of operations in Ukraine



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