Russian “no to war” protest against Putin’s war with Ukraine 

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Some of the protestors were pinned to the ground. And many were dragged away by armed police.

According to Sky News correspondent Diana Magnay demonstrators were treated “brutally.” She described the protestors as “extraordinarily brave” for openly expressing their views in what is a police state.

“We haven’t seen protests in cities for the last five or six months, people have been so scared of the fact that they will be detained, and that is clearly what is happening,” Magnay added.

Prior to Putin’s speech the Moscow prosecutor’s office warned that anyone joining an anti-war protest could face up to 15 years in prison. In the last few months Russia has passed laws having harsher penalties for protesting the Ukraine war.