Social media video reveals a flood of Russians leaving Friday’s pro-war rally in Moscow earlier than audio system had taken the stage at Luzhniki Stadium. Roughly a half-hour after the rally opened, crowds of individuals have been seen leaving.

The occasion was devoted to Friday’s eighth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, which is making an attempt to battle off the Russian invasion.

Since the invasion started on February 24, 1000’s of individuals in Russia have been arrested for collaborating in anti-war protests. On March 6 alone, greater than 4,300 folks have been detained for taking part in demonstrations, in accordance with unbiased monitoring group OVD-Info.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was at Friday’s rally, instructed the viewers that “we haven’t seen unity like this in a long time.”

According to the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation, greater than 95,000 folks attended the occasion within the stadium and a further 100,000 folks have been exterior the venue. The excessive turnout was partially from Russian state workers who have been reportedly ordered to attend.

Outside the stadium, one attendee instructed BBC News: “They packed us onto the bus and brought us.”

This is a creating story and shall be up to date as extra data turns into accessible.

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Videos present attendees of Friday’s pro-war rally leaving in droves simply moments after the occasion opened in Moscow. Above, folks wave Russian flags as they mark the eighth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine at Luzhniki Stadium on March 18, 2022.
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