Conscripted Russians defy Putin’s orders as mass brawl breaks out with police

A mass brawl erupted in the Bolsherechye in the Omsk Oblast of Russia, amid growing signs of defiance against Vladimir Putin’s mobilisation order. Almost 100 people have reportedly been arrested in Russia today in ‘illegal’ protests against conscription across the country, according to OVD-Info, an independent Russian human rights project. Local resistance media tweeted out footage of the brawl in Bolsherechye, which saw recently conscripted Russians clash with Russian police and members of the national guard.

According to the account, the conscripted men were about to be sent to a military base as part of the mobilisation order.

However, they fought with policemen and tried to drag the officers onto the bus.

The defiant men announced that President Putin’s officers “would go to die in the trenches with them”.

Belarussian journalist Tadeusz Giczan responded that it was a sign that “in ethnically Russian regions not everyone is keen to go to war”.

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One Ukrainian official, Anton Gerashchenko, who works as an advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, echoed this claim.

OVO-info claimed that protests have erupted in at least 32 different cities.

The majority of the protest arrests today – at least 59 – took place in Novosibirsk in Siberia.

The protests inside Russia follow attempts by others to flee the country.