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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Further Peace March Arrests: 7 in St. Petersburg; 2 in Yekaterinburg; 2 in Barnaul
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Peace March of 26,000 in Moscow Finishes Without Incident; A Few Arrests Reported has reports on those arrested today in St. Petersburg at the unauthorized Peace March.

One man was detained for not showing his passport on demand, but only a copy. He had a poster that said "Try Volunteers from Novorossiya as Mercenaries"

Under Russian law, serving as a mercenary is in fact illegal, and in principle the 'Novorossiya' volunteers could be arrested. Art. 359 of the Russian Criminal code bars "recruitment, training, financing or other material support of a mercenary, and also his use in armed conflict or military actions" and is punishable by 4-8 years of prison.

Six others have been brought to the 28th Precinct in St. Petersburg.

Two took part in the peace march; they are Igor Andreyev (charged with trespassing on a lawn) and Aleksandr Mashanov (charged with "petty hooliganism" for swearing). Three pro-war provocateurs were also charged with "petty hooliganism." A girl whose name was only given as "Inna" and whose affiliation was unknown was released from the precinct without charge.

The organizer of the Peace March in Yekaterinburg, Irina Skachkova, was detained and brought to the 5th precinct right from the rally on Oborona [Defense] Square. Police claim Skachkova had earlier committed an administrative infraction for "not appearing on time at the police station to fill out an administrative report." After completing the report, Skachkova returned to the rally.

A man named Artyom Kosaretsky was detained by police in Barnaul for holding a one-man anti-war picket. Some unknown persons ripped the poster out of his hands and informed on him to the police.

Another man standing neraby, Viktor Rau, a member of the Public Observers Commission, was also detained.

Moscow times reports a number of other demonstrations:

Activists in more than 30 cities around the world, including Kiev, St. Petersburg, Paris and New York, also staged protests against the Russian government's approach to the crisis in Ukraine on Sunday, coinciding with the United Nations' International Day of Peace. Similar protests in the Russian cities of Saratov, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Syktyvkar, Barnaul and Yekaterinburg each attracted dozens of protesters, reported.