Several journalists detained in Moscow amidst military wives' mobilization protest. Several people, including journalists from international press organizations, were detained in Moscow as a result of the authorities cracking down on demonstrators near the election headquarters of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as was reported by independent sites on Saturday.
The demonstration was organized by the spouses of men who were mobilized in response to a growing movement of women demanding that their husbands and sons return home from fighting in Ukraine. Several individuals who are wearing "Press" vests are seen being detained by Russian authorities in the vicinity of Red Square, as captured by video.
Reports indicate that women participated in the "500 Days of Mobilization" event, which initially took place within the walls of the Kremlin and then moved to Putin's election headquarters, which is located nearby. According to a post made on the Telegram channel of the independent Russian news outlet SOTAvision, a correspondent witnessed security officers "snatching random people from the crowd, and only men."
OVD-info, an organization that monitors Russian repression, said that at least 27 individuals, with only one of them being a demonstrator, were transported in a police vehicle to the Kitay-Gorod station, where they are currently being kept. An attorney was sent to visit the detainees, according to OVD-info, but they were not allowed to enter the facility.
Mediazona, an independent Russian media organization, said on Saturday that among those being arrested are journalists who work for publications like Kommersant, France Press, and Spiegel, in addition to human rights campaigners.
Based on the information provided by OVD-info, seven journalists who were covering the rally were also transported to the Basmanny police station. Within this group is Andrei Zaiko, who is a representative of the Japanese television business known as "Fuji."
Based on information provided by OVD-info on Telegram, it has been reported that three minors and one state media employee have been released from Kitay-Gorod. "Police officers told them that they planned to soon release the rest of the employees of federal and foreign media even though they planned to leave 'foreign agents' media representatives in the police station," the report stated. Every single detainee had their mobile devices confiscated as well.
In late 2022, Russia's statute on foreign agents was broadened to encompass individuals or groups that "received support and/or are under foreign influence." This expansion was denounced as a ploy by the Kremlin to suppress those who were critical of Russia's conflict in Ukraine, especially journalists.