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Demonstrations in Russia and across Europe against the war in Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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In total, more than 5,500 Russians have been arrested in various anti-war protests since the invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, according to the OVD-Info observatory. The Russian authorities have banned these demonstrations.

In Moscow, riot police often outnumbered protesters.

Sunday’s protests coincided with the seventh anniversary of the assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, killed near the Kremlin. Some arrests have also taken place at an improvised memorial in his memory, at the place where he was shot.

In central St Petersburg, outside the high-end Gostiny Dvor department store, hundreds of regime opponents demonstrated, holding hands and chanting.

The protesters weren’t just vocal in Russia. Tens of thousands of people also protested across Europe, many wearing the yellow and blue colors of Ukraine.

In Berlin, the German capital alone, at least 100,000 people, according to the police, gathered in the center. They were 70,000 in Prague, 40,000 in Madrid, 15,000 in Amsterdam and 10,000 in Copenhagen. In the Danish capital, the country’s Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, was present. It is all of you and all of Europe who are threatened by Russiashe launched to the crowd.

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Demonstrations also took place in Vilnius, Athens, Rome, Paris, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, but also in Israel and Ecuador, where a small group of protesters held up signs in front of the Russian embassy.

Protests by Russian billionaires

Mikhail Fridman

Billionaire Mikhail Fridman has publicly opposed the war in Ukraine.

Photo: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

First Russian oligarch to speak out against the conflict in Ukraine, Mikhail Fridman, one of the richest men in the world, also denounced the war in Ukraine in a letter published on Sunday by the economic newspaper FinancialTimes.

I was born in Western Ukraine, where I lived until I was 17. My parents are Ukrainian citizens and live in Lviv, my favorite city. But I also spent a large part of my life as a Russian citizen, building and growing businesses. I am deeply attached to the Russian and Ukrainian peoples and see the current conflict as a tragedy for bothhe wrote.

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I do not make political statements, I am a businessman with responsibilities to my thousands of employees in Russia and Ukrainehe adds.

Mikhail Fridman, whose fortune is estimated at 11.7 billion dollars, is at the head of an empire ranging from hydrocarbons to telecommunications, via distribution. He is also one of the co-founders of Alfa Bank, one of the largest Russian banks.

In 2018, he was included in a list of US Treasury personalities from the economic and political worlds known to be close to the Kremlin, without being subject to sanctions.

Mr. Fridman is not the only wealthy Russian to have spoken out on the subject. Oleg Deripaska, the founder of Russian aluminum giant Rusal, for his part used a message on Telegram to demand that peace talks begin as fast as possible. Peace is very importantdid he declare.

Washington imposed sanctions on Oleg Deripaska because of his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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