The AFP cameraman who was detained said the Russian and foreign reporters, about 20-25, were taken with him in a van to a police station in the Russian capital.
The all-male group of reporters was detained while filming and reporting on the women heading to Red Square.
Video footage shows Russian agents leading the detained reporters, who were wearing the yellow press vests typical of journalists, to police vans.
For several weeks, the wives of the mobilized men staged protests outside the Kremlin walls, demanding that their husbands be brought home.
The movement was born and fueled by the anger of relatives of reservists sent to Ukraine under President Vladimir Putin’s September 20, 2022 mobilization decree.
The move – highly sensitive for the authorities – has so far gone unpunished.
It was ignored by state media, as Russia has strict censorship laws.
The subject is particularly inconvenient for the Kremlin ahead of presidential elections in March, in which Putin is running for a fifth term as Russian president.
Putin’s campaign headquarters, stormed by the nervous wife of a front-line soldier: “What will I get back? A man without legs, without arms?” | Photo
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