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More than 730 detained in anti-mobilization protests across Russia – rights group

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MOSCOW — More than 730 people were detained across Russia at protests against a mobilization order on Saturday, a rights group said, three days after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s first military draft since World War Two for the conflict in Ukraine.

The independent OVD-Info protest monitoring group said it was aware of detentions in 32 different cities, from St Petersburg to Siberia.

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Unsanctioned rallies are illegal under Russian law, which also forbids any activity considered to defame the armed forces.

“Do you want to be like me?” read a placard held by a woman in a wheelchair at a rally in Moscow.

Footage from the same protest showed Russian officers carrying men and leading women to police vans. (Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)