At least 1,045 people have been detained across Russia in a crackdown on anti-war protests across two dozen cities in Russia, according to the independent monitoring group OVD-Info on Wednesday.
Arrests took place in Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk, Ulan-Ude, Tomsk, Ufa, Perm, Belgorod and Moscow, according to the OVD-info tally.
Moscow prosecutor's office published a statement on Wednesday warning citizens against participation in protests, threatening them with up to 15 years in jail.
Almost one hundred people were detained in St Petersburg on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a partial mobilization to increase the availability of troops for the war in Ukraine.
Photos released on OVD-Info's Telegram channel showed police in Saint Petersburg using batons against protestors. Videos show police attempting to contain behind barriers a crowd gathering at Isakiivskiy Cathedral, amid chants of “no mobilization."
Videos from Moscow show several protesters being carried away by the police at a demonstration in the center of the city.
One video posted by a journalist from the Moscow internet publication The Village shows dozens of people in Arbatskaya street chanting “Let him go” as one man is carried away.
There was also video from the city of Yekaterinburg of a struggle between police officers and protesters.
As of 8 p.m. Moscow time, 535 people had been detained in 30 cities across Russia, according to OVD-Info.
Most protests appear to have attracted a few dozen people.
Tim Lister, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Anastasia Graham-Yooll contributed reporting.