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Amnesty International reported that Russia blocked journalists and independent observers from reporting on the protests.

Restrictions in Russia have intensified since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the uncontrolled crackdown on the anti-war movement has made public protests and sharing information about the protests nearly impossible, Amnesty said in a statement.

In its report on the matter, the organization documented dozens of cases of illegal obstruction of journalists and observers during public protests, including arbitrary detentions, the use of force, detentions and heavy fines.

“We see that the Russian authorities are determined to prevent and severely punish all forms of protest, no matter how peaceful, and to minimize public awareness of the protests,” said Natalya Prilutskaya, Amnesty International researcher.

Noting that since the early days of Vladimir Putin’s presidency in 2000, Russian authorities have gradually restricted the right to peaceful protest, Prilutskaya said that people who wish to exercise this right are increasingly being fined.

Prilutskaya stressed that state restrictions on freedom of the press continue, and the arbitrariness of the police to prevent journalists from informing the public about the protests continues.

In its report, Amnesty International called on Russia to immediately end the horrendous practices against peaceful demonstrators, reporters and independent observers and repeal repressive laws restricting freedom of expression.

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