Eight Russian police officers force Elena Osipova to leave anti-war protest
76yo Elena Osipova, one of the last living survivors of the Siege of Leningrad, knows the horror of war. Over the 872 days it lasted, more Russian people were killed and injured than the combined British and American losses in the entire war and the city was reduced to rubble.
So she knows what she is talking about when she demands an end to the war in Ukraine – and perhaps because of that and no doubt the esteem in which she will be held by the Russian people, she was singled out by Russian police. Eight officers arrested Ms Osipova and made her leave the protest:
Protests against the war continue in Russia and around the world. Meanwhile, Labour’s notional leader Keir Starmer, who appears to be trying to outdo Boris Johnson in sabre-rattling and eagerness for war, threatened to expel from the party any MP who attended tonight’s Stop the War demonstration against the invasion.
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