UN ‘deeply disturbed’ by thousands of arrests during protests
The UN on Tuesday expressed concern over credible reports of nearly 2,400 arrests in less than a week of protests in Russia against the project ordered by President Vladimir Putin.
“We are deeply disturbed by the large number of people who have reportedly been arrested,” UN human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.
Russian authorities have cracked down on criticism of the war in Ukraine, arresting thousands of protesters since the conflict began in February.
But arrests have skyrocketed since Putin announced a partial military mobilization last Wednesday to bolster troops in Ukraine.
Shamdasani pointed to “credible reports (that) some 2,377 protesters had been arrested…in various locations around the country.”
“It is not known how many people remain in detention,” she said.