Children and woman who survived Leningrad siege arrested by Putin's thugs for protesting

2 March 2022, 08:52 | Updated: 3 March 2022, 12:57

Children and an elderly woman who survived the siege of Leningrad in WW2 have been arrested at Russian anti-war protests
Children and an elderly woman who survived the siege of Leningrad in WW2 have been arrested at Russian anti-war protests. Picture: Twitter

By Patrick Grafton-Green

Young children and an elderly woman who survived the siege of Leningrad in the Second World War are among those being arrested for taking part in anti-war protests in Russia.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Since President Vladimir Putin began his invasion of Ukraine, protests have erupted in cities across Russia as people voice their anger.

Almost 7,000 people have been detained so far in as many as 50 cities, according to the human rights project OVD-Info.

READ MORE: 'I'm not afraid of Putin': Defence Sec says Ukraine no-fly zone would lead to all-out war

READ MORE: Battle to flee Kyiv as 15,000 Russian troops descend on capital and US closes airspace

Opposition politician Ilya Yashin shared pictures on social media of what appears to be three young children in the back of a police van.

He wrote on Twitter: "Nothing out of the ordinary: just kids in paddy wagons behind an anti-war poster. This is Putin's Russia, folks. You live here."

He said in a Facebook post: "I am sure that the Kremlin propaganda will now raise a war: do not involve children in politics! they are to blame!

"I don't know how these kids ended up at the protest. Maybe they came by themselves, maybe with their parents.

"But in fact, many generations in our country taught from the school bench that the worst thing is war, and the main value is the peaceful sky above the head."

"Children against war is damn normal", he said, adding: "This is madness."

A well-known Russian woman, identified as Elena Osipova, one of the few survivors of the siege of Leningrad still alive, was also arrested by Mr Putin's police.

She was arrested by several police wearing riot gear in St Petersburg for her protest actions calling for an end to the war.

It comes as Russian forces escalated their attacks with deadly bombings targeting the centre of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, and a TV tower in the capital Kyiv.

Defence Secretary warns war in Ukraine will last "years"

Ukraine said an elite unit of Chechen fighters sent to kill President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been "eliminated".

Meanwhile, a 40-mile convoy of hundreds of Russian tanks and other vehicles is continuing its slow advance on Kyiv.

Invading forces have also continued assaults on other towns and cities, including the strategic ports of Odesa and Mariupol in the south.

Three cities - Kharkiv, Kherson and Mariupol - are encircled by Russian forces.

Ukrainian journalist blasts Boris for Nato inaction

One senior Western intelligence official estimated that more than 5,000 Russian soldiers have been captured or killed. Ukraine gave no overall estimate of troop losses.

The UN human rights office said it has recorded 136 civilian deaths. The real toll is believed to be far higher.

The UK Ministry of Defence says it has seen an increase in Russian air and artillery strikes on populated urban areas over the past two days.

Many military experts worry that Russia may be shifting tactics. Moscow's strategy in Chechnya and Syria was to use artillery and air bombardments to pulverize cities and crush fighters' resolve.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

A boy, 8, was killed in the incident.

Boy, 8, dies after crash on quiet Wiltshire cul-de-sac

Five of the six victims from the stabbing have been named.

Victims of Sydney stabbings named as heartbroken tributes flood in following attack by knifeman who killed six

The Israeli Iron Dome air defence system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack

Rishi Sunak confirmed a number of Iranian drones attacking Israel were shot down by RAF jets.

RAF jets shot down ‘a number’ of Iranian drones attacking Israel, Rishi Sunak says

A demonstrator waves Iranian and Palestinian flags during an anti-Israeli gathering at the Felestin (Palestine) Square in Tehran, Iran

What is the fallout from Iran’s attack on Israel?

Disability advocate Charlotte Anderson advises people on how to apply for PIP.

YouTuber who fills out PIP applications for £650 each says she has ‘only ever lost one claim in six years’

Planning documents show the owners of the pub want to rebuild it in a new location.

Owners of Crooked House agree to rebuild ‘Britain’s wonkiest pub’ - providing it's in a new location

Joe Biden has reaffirmed the US's commitment to defending Israel's security.

Biden reaffirms ‘ironclad support' of Israel as he plans G7 meeting to coordinate ‘diplomatic response to Iran attack’

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

‘Together we will win’: Netanyahu vows to fight off attacks from Iran after over 300 drones and missiles fired at Israel

Israeli's military have fought off a massive Iranian drone and missile attack - downing more than 200 weapons launched by the hostile state with the help of ace RAF pilots.

Israel fights off massive Iran attack - downing over 200 missiles and drones with help of RAF

Plans have been drawn up for an evacuation of Brits from the Middle East. Defence Secretary Grant Shapps (l) and protesters outside the British Embassy in Tehran (r)

Brits living in the Middle East could be rescued by the Royal Marines in 'Dunkirk-style' evacuation

The knifeman who killed six people in a rampage at a Sydney shopping centre has been named as 40-year-old Joel Cauchi (left)

Pictured: Sydney knifeman, 40, who killed six people before being shot dead by brave policewoman

Iranian drones and missiles have arrived in Israel with explosions in the skies - as officials warn of a "significant response" to the massive attack.

Explosions in skies and sirens across Jerusalem amid Iranian attack - as Israel warns of 'significant response'

USS Bataan which is heading to the Eastern Mediterranean (main) and Joe Biden (r)

US sends amphibious warship and 2,500 Marines into the Eastern Mediterranean after Iran attacks Israel

US and UK forces are helping defend Israel from Iranian drones and missiles after a massive attack was launched.

British and American jets 'shoot down Iranian drones' as Rishi Sunak slams Iran for 'reckless' attack against Israel

President Biden is holding an emergency national security meeting as the US prepares its response to Iran's drone and missile attack on Israel.

President Biden holds high-stakes emergency meeting as Iran launches full-scale attack on Israel