2014 anti-war protests in Russia

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2014 anti-war protests in Russia
Part of the 2014 Crimean crisis
and Russian opposition protest rallies
At least 30,000 people with Russian and Ukrainian flags, flags of political parties and peace symbols
Date2 & 15 March, 21 September 2014
Caused by
  • Military withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine
  • Demonstrations
  • Internet activism
Lead figures
  • Ministry of Defence, 2 March: 130[3]
  • Manezhnaya Square, 2 March: 230[3]
  • Moscow, 15 March: 30,000 (Reuters), 100,000 (Russian opposition), 3,000 (Moscow police)[4]

The 2014 anti-war protests in Russia refers to a series of anti-war demonstrations opposing the Russian military intervention in Ukraine that took place in Russia in 2014. Protesters held two anti-war protest rallies on 2 and 15 March 2014. The latter, known as the March of Peace (Russian: Марш Мира, Marsh Mira), 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 around 20,000 people participated in the 15 March demonstrations.[5][4]


On 1 March, five people who were picketing next to the Federation Council building against the invasion of Ukraine were arrested.[6] The next day about 200 people protested at the building of the Russian Ministry of Defense in Moscow against Russian military involvement.[7] About 500 people also gathered to protest on the Manezhnaya Square in Moscow and the same number of people on the Saint Isaac's Square in Saint Petersburg.[8] On 2 March, about eleven protesters demonstrated in Yekaterinburg against Russian involvement, with some wrapped in the Ukrainian flag.[9] On 15 March, for a rally in support of Ukraine in Yekaterinburg, according to various sources, between 400 and 600 people left,[10][11] including the Mayor of the city Yevgeny Roizman. Protests were also held in Chelyabinsk on the same day.[12] The opposition to the military intervention was also expressed by rock musician Andrey Makarevich, who wrote in particular: "You want war with Ukraine? It will not be the way it was with Abkhazia: the folks on the Maidan have been hardened and know what they are fighting for – for their country, their independence. [...] We have to live with them. Still neighborly. And preferably in friendship. But it's up to them how they want to live".[13] The Professor of the Department of Philosophy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations Andrey Zubov was fired for his article in Vedomosti, criticizing Russian military intervention.[14]

On 2 March, one Moscow resident protested against Russian intervention by holding "Stop the war" banner, but he was immediately harassed by passers-by and when the police was arresting him, a woman offered to fabricate a serious charge (beating up a child) against him; however, the proposal was rejected by the police.[15] Andrei Zubov, a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, who compared Russian actions in Crimea to the Anschluss of Austria, was threatened. Alexandr Chuyev, the leader of the pro-Kremlin Spravedlivaya Rossiya party, also objected to Russian intervention in Ukraine. Boris Akunin, popular Russian writer, predicted that Russia's moves would lead to political and economic isolation.[15]

Protests against the Russian intervention also occurred outside Russian embassies in London, Berlin, Vilnius and Ankara on 2 March.[16]

March of Peace (15 March) protests[edit]

Protests against the Russian intervention in Crimea also took place in Cologne and outside the Russian Consulate in Bonn, Germany, on 15 March.[17]

In August, about a dozen activists were arrested outside the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow for protesting against Russian president Vladimir Putin.[18]

21 September[edit]

Another anti-war rally with about 5,000 to 20,000 demonstrators took place on Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow on 21 September 2014.[1] The Washington Post reported that "tens of thousands" protested the war in Ukraine with a peace march in downtown Moscow "under heavy police supervision".[19] There were minor scuffles with pro-Russian supporters, but no serious violence or arrests were reported.[20] About a thousand people also gathered outside the Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg to protest against Russia's involvement in Ukraine.[21]

Thousands of people around the world supported this event by holding anti-war demonstrations on the same day. In the US, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston and Boston took part in the protest activities.[22]

Anti-war congress[edit]

On 19 March 2014, the anti-war congress of Russian intelligentsia took place in Moscow.[23] 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]

On 19 March 2014, a group of Russian scientists published an open letter to the Russian Ministry of Communications. The letter demanded the Ministry to check the television programs of Dmitry Kiselev for signs of extremism and incitement of ethnic hatred.[24]


See also[edit]


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  8. ^ "В Москве и Перебурге проходят митинги против российской оккупации Крыма. Уже есть задержанные (V Moskve i Peterburge prokhodyat mitingi protiv rossiyskoy okkupatsii Kryma. Uzhe yest' zaderzhannyye)" [In Moscow and St. Petersburg rallies against the Russian occupation of the Crimea. Already have detained] (in Russian). Центр журналистских расследований (Tsentr zhurnalistskikh rassledovaniy) [Center for Investigative Journalism]. 2 March 2014. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Жители Екатеринбурга провели пикеты против ввода российских войск в Крым (Zhiteli Yekaterinburga proveli pikety protiv vvoda rossiyskikh voysk v Krym)" [Inhabitants of Ekaterinburg picketed against Russian troops in the Crimea]. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). RU. 2 March 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
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  11. ^ "Бунт против Путина? Мэр Екатеринбурга Ройзман возглавил «украинский» пикет и получил татарский торт. «Полагаю, это серьезный удар по отношениям мэрии Екатеринбурга и Москвы». ФОТО" [Revolt against Putin? Yekaterinburg Mayor Roizman led a "Ukrainian" picket and received a Tatar cake. “I think this is a serious blow to relations between the mayor’s office of Yekaterinburg and Moscow.” A PHOTO]. Archived from the original on 28 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  12. ^ ""Сколько детей ты готов похоронить, чтобы Крым стал частью России?" Первые антивоенные пикеты прошли на Урале ("Skol'ko detey ty gotov pokhoronit', chtoby Krym stal chast'yu Rossii?" Pervyye antivoyennyye pikety proshli na Urale)" ["How many children are you willing to bury to Crimea became part of Russia?" First anti-war pickets were held in the Urals] (in Russian). RU: Ura. Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Не стреляй! Шевчук, Гребенщиков, Макаревич. Антивоенная риторика (Ne strelyay! Shevchuk, Grebenshchikov, Makarevich. Antivoyennaya ritorika)" [Do not shoot! Shevchuk, Grebenshikov Makarevich. antiwar rhetoric]. Novaya Gazeta (in Russian). Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
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