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Over 2,500 people have been arrested in Russia as a result of anti-war protest according to monitor

According to an independent Russian-based protest monitor, more than 2,500 people were arrested in 49 towns across Russia during protests against President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

According to the OVD-Info protest monitoring group, arrests were made in cities such as Vladivostok, a Pacific port city, and Irkutsk, a Siberian metropolis. Protests in other cities were documented by opposition activists.

Although it was impossible to independently verify the information, some social media posts on Sunday supposedly showed protests in various locations of Russia.

Russian officials had no immediate response, but the interior ministry had warned on Saturday that any attempt to hold unauthorised protests would be halted, and the organizers would be held accountable.

According to OVD-Info, at least 2,502 people were arrested on Sunday, bringing the total number of persons detained in anti-war protests to more than 10,000 since the invasion began on February 24.

Alexey Navalny, a jailed Kremlin opponent, had called for anti-invasion protests across Russia and the rest of the world on Sunday.

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