Monday, 25 Sep 2023

Russian war protestors ‘set fire to government offices with Molotov cocktails’

Russians protesting Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine are using Molotov cocktails to set government offices on fire across the country.

Protests have erupted following the Russian President's monumental address yesterday morning (Wednesday, September 21), escalating the invasion and decreeing the mobilisation of some 300,000 reservists to Ukraine.

According to human rights group OVD-Info, at least 1,386 protestors have been arrested across 38 Russian cities, with images circulating online of people holding "no to war" and "no mobilisation" placards.

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"I am not going to die for Putin and for you," one man was heard shouting at police in Novosibirsk in a video shared online.

In many regions, the protests have gone far beyond simply holding up signs and shouting.

Local media in Tolyatti, a city on the Volga River in western Russia, reported that at around 3.44am (local time) today the door and ceiling of the city's government administration building was set alight.

It took fire crews 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze, and several Molotov cocktails were found at the scene.

Speaking to local news site Neslukhi.rf, employees of the office building said the porch sustained significant damage. Images showed several windows were smashed.

Elsewhere in the town of Lomonosov near St Petersburg, local media reported that a military registration and enlistment office was set on fire last night.

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The same was done in Gai, a town in the Orenburg region close to Kazakhstan, and Nizhny Novgorod in western Russia.

Baza, a news site with close ties to the Russian police, specifically reported that the Nizhny Novgorod blaze started after a Molotov cocktail was thrown through one of the building's windows.

According to Newsweek, there have been more than a dozen attempts to set Russian military enlistment offices on fire since Putin first sent tanks over the border on February 24.


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