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Huge protests against mobilisation move in Russia, draft offices attacked

A 25-year-old youth shot at a draft office in Irkutsk region, 100 held for protests

Russia Protest (file) Russian policemen detain a demonstrator protesting against mobilization in St. Petersburg, Russia | AP

At least 100 people have been arrested by Russian forces for protesting against Russia's plan to mobilise reserve forces for war in Ukraine.

Reuters reported protests against the mobilisation move took place in Dagestan and Yakutia regions on Sunday. Rights group OVD-Info said that at least 101 people were detained on Sunday in Dagestan's capital Makhachkala for protesting against the mobilisation move, the publication reported. According to reports, Dagestan and Yakutia have sent disproportionate numbers of soldiers to the war.

A 25-year-old man fired at the draft office in the Irkutsk region on Monday and he was detained later. The gunman was identified as Ruslan Zinin and he opened fire at a draft office in Ust-Ilimsk. Another man attempted to set himself ablaze in Ryazan city. According to reports, several draft offices across Russia have been attacked since President Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilisation to strengthen Russian forces in Ukraine.

The Guardian reported quoting Irkutsk regional governor Igor Kobzev that the draft office head was in hospital in a critical condition and that the detained shooter would be punished.

The publication reported that the man shot the military commandant after he gave a pep talk for the men to go and fight in Ukraine. Before opening fire the gunman reportedly said, “Nobody is going to go anywhere.” 

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