Rights group: More than 100 detained in anti-mobilization protests across Russia

Russian police officers detain men during an unsanctioned rally, after opposition activists called for street protests against the mobilisation of reservists ordered by President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow on Wednesday.

LONDON (Reuters) — More than 109 people were detained across Russia at protests against mobilization on Wednesday, a rights group said, hours after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s first military draft since World War Two.

The independent OVD-Info protest monitoring group said it was aware of detentions in at least 15 different cities. Unsanctioned rallies are illegal under Russia’s anti-protest laws.