July 27, 2022

A Protest for Love and Friendship


A Protest for Love and Friendship

“We must save the world not with blood, but with friendship and love.

– A sign by Russian activist Tatyana Mateyeva

On July 24, Moscow police detained eight activists who were protesting the invasion of Ukraine.

The protest took place at Moscow's "Wall of Grief." The bronze, scythe-shaped monument was erected in remembrance of those suffered under the hands of the Stalinist regime. The monument stands at a busy intersection near the center of the city. Not only is the monument a representation of the fear and sorrow of the victims, but it is, according to its designer Georgy Frangulyan, also meant to show that repression could happen anywhere.

While most of the detainees were released without any charges, Mateyeva was charged with "discrediting" the army.

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