Russians protested Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and one arrested protester was Yelena Osipova, who survived the siege of Leningrad.
Video footage of the protests has gone viral, with the most recent clip appearing to show elderly activist Yelena Osipova, who is believed to have survived the siege of Leningrad, appearing to be arrested.
Here’s everything we know…
Yelena Osipova, an elderly woman arrested during an anti-war demonstration
Elderly activist Yelena Osipova was taken away by police in St Petersburg during an anti-war demonstration.
Osipova is said to have survived the Siege of Leningrad, which occurred in 1941 during World War II and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians.
Translated into English, the banners of Osipova read“Son: don’t go to this war!” Soldier! Drop your weapons and you will be a real hero! Do not pull !
When was the Siege of Leningrad?
The siege of Leningrad took place in September 1941 after the German army supported by auxiliaries from Finland formed a blockade around the Russian city.
Headquarters has begun on September 8, 1941 when the Wehrmacht cut off the last road to the city and ended on January 27, 1944. This meant that the siege lasted 872 days.
The Siege of Leningrad succeeded in the deaths of approximately 800,000 civilians, almost as many as the Second World War deaths suffered by the United States and United Kingdom combined.
In 1944, the New York Times wrote: “There is hardly a parallel in history for the endurance of so many for so long. Leningrad had been alone against the power of Germany since the beginning of the invasion.
“It is a city saved by its own will, and its position will live on in the annals as a sort of heroic myth.”
Anti-war protests echo across Russia
Anti-war protests have taken place in more than 100 Russian cities since the country invaded Ukraine, according to independent Russian human rights watchdog group OVD-Info.
The eminent Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, published a appeal prison to the Russian people, calling on them to organize daily demonstrations against the invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement on Twitter, reported by The Independent, Navalny wrote:“We can’t wait even one more day. Wherever you are. In Russia, in Belarus or on the other side of the planet. Go out to your city’s main square every day of the week at 7:00 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.