A video shows recent anti-war protests in St. Petersburg, Russia. The protesters are chanting: “No to war!”
Social media users have shared a video purporting to show recent protests which took place in St. Petersburg, Russia. According to the claim, this protest took place following the Russian President’s announcement of a new partial military mobilization.
Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading. The video dates back to March 2022.
Upon conducting a keyword search on Google and Twitter, Misbar’s team found that the video was shared by a reporter called Matthew Luxmoore on March 2, 2022.
Anti-War Protests in Russia
There was a new wave of anti-war protests across Russia after President Vladimir Putin announced a new partial mandatory military conscription to consolidate the Russian army with new soldiers.
According to Al Jazeera, more than 730 protesters were recently arrested in Russia including 370 in Moscow, 150 in St Petersburg, and including minors.
Photo Description: Police officers detain a woman in Moscow (AP).
President Putin has recently signed a decree increasing prison sentences for those escaping mandatory conscription. Soldiers who voluntarily surrender to the enemy army could also face up to 10 years in prison.
The Russian President also signed another decree allowing foreigners who serve in the Russian army to apply for citizenship without a residence permit.