2014 anti-war protests in Russia

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Anti-war protests in Russia
Part of the 2014 Crimean crisis
and Russian opposition protest rallies
Марш за мир и свободу (2).jpg
At least 30,000 people with Russian and Ukrainian flags, flags of political parties and peace symbols.
Date 2, 15 March 2014
Location Moscow, Russia
  • Military withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine
  • Demonstrations
  • Internet activism
Status Ongoing
Parties to the civil conflict
Lead figures
  • Ministry of Defence, March 2: 130[1]
  • Manezhnaya Square, March 2: 230[1]
  • Moscow, March 15: 30,000 (Reuters), 100,000 (Russian opposition), 3,000 (Moscow police)[2]

Anti-war demonstrations opposing the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine have been ongoing. Protesters held two rallies on March 2. The March 15 anti-war protests, named the March of Peace, took place in Moscow a day before the Crimean referendum. The protests have been the largest in Russia since the 2011–13 Russian protests by the Russian opposition against the alleged electoral fraud committed by United Russia during the 2011 Russian legislative election. Reuters reported that 30,000 people participated in the March 15 demonstrations.[2]


Irina Prokhorova with Andrei Makarevich.

March 2 protests[edit]

An anti-war protest was held in front of the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Moscow. Dozens attended the protest.[3] The Moscow police claimed to have detained fifty protesters,[1] for "attempts to violate public order."[3] Human rights group Ovdinfo.org, which tracks police detentions, stated that 130 people were in detention for the Ministry of Defence protests.[1]

Demonstrators also met for an anti-war rally on Manezhnaya Square, near the Kremlin and the Red Square.[3] The police detained over 230 people for the Manezhnaya Square protests, some of whom were pensioners.[1]

March of Peace (March 15) protests[edit]

Some observers and newspapers claimed as many as 100,000 participants overall, thus for the first time in many years marking Russian Opposition rally in Moscow to be bigger than a government led manifestation.[4] Protests against the Russian intervention in Crimea also took place in Germany.[5]

Letter by Russian academics and cultural figures[edit]

Many renowned figures of Russian science and culture have expressed their disagreement with the policy of the Russian authorities in Crimea. They have expressed their position in an open letter:[6]

Our country was plunged into a dangerous adventure. Under the slogan "Defend the Russian in Crimea from the new illegitimate fascist regime in Ukraine!" a de facto annexation of the Crimea has taken place. Flagrantly violating international law, defying the principles of European security and stability. Russia is rapidly slipping into a new Cold War with the West, the grave consequences of which is impossible to predict.

All Russian state media is pouring flows of lies and misinformation, leading a deafening propaganda campaign against anyone who tries to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the actions of Russian government or to point out the disastrous consequences of this policy for the country and the people of Russia. All dissenters are indiscriminately labeled as a "fifth column" and "fascists." However in the uncensored media and social networks many scientists, economists, people who are professionally engaged in foreign policy and other people endowed with the sense of social responsibility, express their concern about Russia closing to a catastrophe - economic, political and humanitarian.

The letter was published on the websites Echo of Moscow, Novaya Gazeta and Russian Center of PEN International.

Anti-war congress[edit]

Professor Andrey Zubov speaking at the anti-war congress in Moscow
  • March 19, 2014 — the anti-war congress of Russian intelligentsia took place in Moscow.[7] The memorandum issued by the Congress, proclaims:

We, the representatives of the Russian intelligentsia feel ourselves obliged to warn the authorities from making historical mistake - the desire to take control of a part of Ukraine, the country which was considered as a brotherly one.

Open letter by Russian scientists[edit]


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