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2014 anti-war protests in Russia

Anti-war protests in Russia
Part of the 2014 Crimean crisis
and Russian opposition protest rallies
At least 30,000 people with Russian and Ukrainian flags, flags of political parties and peace symbols.
Date 2 & 15 March, 21 September 2014
Location Moscow & Saint Petersburg,[1] Russia
  • Military withdrawal of Russia from Ukraine
  • Demonstrations
  • Internet activism
Parties to the civil conflict
Lead figures
  • Ministry of Defence, 2 March: 130[2]
  • Manezhnaya Square, 2 March: 230[2]
  • Moscow, 15 March: 30,000 (Reuters), 100,000 (Russian opposition), 3,000 (Moscow police)[3]

Anti-war demonstrations opposing the 2014–15 Russian military intervention in Ukraine have been ongoing. Protesters held two rallies on 2 March. The 15 March anti-war protests, named the March of Peace (Russian: Марш Мира), took place in Moscow a day before the Crimean referendum. The protests have been the largest in Russia since the 2011–13 Russian protests by the Russian opposition against the alleged electoral fraud committed by United Russia during the 2011 Russian legislative election. Reuters reported that 30,000 people participated in the 15 March demonstrations.[3]


  • Timeline 1
    • March of Peace (15 March) protests 1.1
    • 21 September 1.2
  • Anti-war congress 2
  • Open letter by Russian scientists 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


On March 1, five people who were picketing next to the Federation Council building against the invasion of Ukraine were arrested.[4] The next day about 200 people protested at the building of the Russian Ministry of Defense in Moscow against Russian military involvement.[5] About 500 people also gathered to protest on the it was with Abkhazia: the folks on the Maidan have been hardened and know what they are fighting for – for their country, their independence. [...] We have to live with them. Still neighborly. And preferably in friendship. But it's up to them how they want to live".[9] The Professor of the Department of Philosophy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations Andrey Zubov was fired for his article in Vedomosti, criticizing Russian military intervention.[10]

On 2 March, one Moscow resident protested against Russian intervention by holding "Stop the war" banner, but he was immediately harassed by passers-by and when the police was arresting him, a woman offered them fabricating a serious charge (beating up a child) against him; however, the proposal was rejected by the police.[11] Andrei Zubov, a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, who compared Russian actions in Crimea to the Anschluss of Austria, was threatened. Akexander Chuyev, the leader of the pro-Kremlin Spravedlivaya Rossiya party, also objected to Russian intervention in Ukraine. Boris Akunin, popular Russian writer, predicted that Russia's moves would lead to political and economic isolation.[11]

Protests against the Russian intervention also occurred outside Russian embassies in London, Berlin, Vilnius and Ankara on 2 March.[12]

March of Peace (15 March) protests

Anti-war demonstrations on 15 March 2014. Sight from the inside.

Some observers and newspapers claimed as many as 100,000 participants overall, thus for the first time in many years marking Russian Opposition rally in Moscow to be bigger than a government led manifestation.[13]

Protesters holding a banner saying: Occupation of the Crimea is a shame of Russia.

Protests against the Russian intervention in Crimea also took place in Cologne and outside the Russian Consulate in Bonn, Germany, on 15 March.[14]

In August, about a dozen activists were arrested outside the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow for protesting against Russian president Vladimir Putin.[15]

21 September

Protests in Moscow, 21 September 2014

Another anti-war rally with about 5,000 to 20,000 demonstrators took place on Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow on 21 September 2014.[1] The Washington Post reported that "tens of thousands" protested the war in Ukraine with a peace march in downtown Moscow "under heavy police supervision".[16] There were minor scuffles with pro-Russian supporters, but no serious violence or arrests were reported.[17] About a thousand people also gathered outside the Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg to protest against Russia's involvement in Ukraine.[18]

Thousands of people around the world supported this event by holding anti-war demonstrations on the same day. In the US, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston and Boston took part in the protest activities.[19]

Anti-war congress

Irina Prokhorova with Andrei Makarevich.
Professor Andrey Zubov speaking at the anti-war congress in Moscow

On 19 March 2014, the anti-war congress of Russian intelligentsia took place in Moscow.[20] The memorandum issued by the Congress, proclaims:

Open letter by Russian scientists

On 19 March 2014, a group of Russian scientists published an open letter to the Russian Ministry of Communications. The letter demanded the Ministry to check the television programs of Dmitry Kiselev for signs of extremism and incitement of ethnic hatred.[21]

See also


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  13. ^ В Москве 100 тысяч россиян кричали "Россия и Украина без Путина" (видео) (Russian)
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External links

  • March of Peace in Moscow (full version)
  • March of Peace in Moscow
  • March of Peace in Moscow


  • Thousands Attend Anti-War Rally
  • Ukraine crisis triggers Russia's biggest anti-Putin protest in two years
  • Muscovites march for and against Putin's Crimean policies
  • Thousands attend Putin protest rally in Moscow
  • Tens Of Thousands Rally In Russia, Ukraine Ahead Of Referendum
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