At least 120 people were arrested in protests in the capital of Russia’s Dagestan province on September 25 after President Vladimir Putin announced the partial military mobilisation of citizens for the war in Ukraine. Videos shared online show Dagestan residents, often women and minorities, fighting back against police, who attempted to quell crowds by force.
Protests erupted all over Russia after Putin ordered a “partial” military mobilisation in the country on September 21. Shortly after his announcement, the Russian minister of defence said that 300,000 people would be drafted into the army.
Police have swiftly responded to repress the protests. More than 2,000 people have been confirmed arrested since September 21, according to independent Russian monitor OVD-Info.
In Dagestan, however, protesters have shown a rare willingness to violence, fighting back against security forces – even those armed with weapons.
Women at the forefront of protests
This time, women are leading the charge in protests, fighting back against police to protest their sons and husbands being sent off to Ukraine.
A video shared on Twitter on September 25 shows women in Dagestan’s capital Makhachkala pleading with police officers. “Why are you taking our children? Who attacked who? It's Russia that attacked Ukraine”, they say.
Other videos taken at the protest show women chanting slogans and pushing back against police officers.