Police Crack Down on St Petersburg Anti-Mobilization Protest

An anti-mobilization protest in St Petersburg, Russia, was dispersed with arrests made on Wednesday, September 21.

Footage recorded by SOTA shows a heavy police presence and police striking protesters in an area near St Isaac’s Square in the center of the city.

Local media reported that protesters had been surrounded by riot police within half an hour.

According to OVD-Info, an independent human-rights monitoring group in Russia, more than 1,300 people have been arrested across Russia at protests against the partial mobilisation of military reserve forces in the country. The tally did not include the arrests in St Petersburg.

Local media reported that no official arrest numbers from the St Petersburg protest had been published. Credit: SOTA via Storyful