“Stop Putin - stop the war”, “Putin is a killer”, “Putin in jail!”. Under such slogans, a rally was held near the building of the Consulate General in New York. The protesters who came to the United States from different regions of Russia and Ukraine united under the common slogan: "No war, no mobilization."
"Voice of America” talked to the participants of the action and this is what they said.
Marina: “We oppose the Putin regime, against the killing of children and civilians. We want to bring our soldiers home to Russia. We want to stop the war and end Putin's regime. I am a citizen of Russia. And I really want to go back to my country and see my relatives.”
Sandan Rabdanov: “I call on people who can run away, run away if you are in danger. You don't want to be occupiers, war criminals. I received messages from my friends, they receive calls from the military registration and enlistment offices. They understand that they will either go to jail and then go to war. Or they will go to war and die there like cannon fodder.”
Andrei: “For me, this is the genocide of our people. The guys are collected from small villages, villages. And they will all die, they died like that in Russia. Soon there won't be any left. The guys are snatched out in the middle of the night and put out of bed in a bus and taken away. This is terrible. No war, I am against Putin. For me, this country is alien, I support Ukraine. Victory for Ukraine!”
Olga: “I'm afraid to return to Russia because I was in the military. I can't imagine life in Russia. Today, young people are sent to kill and are killed. This is Nazism in its purest form from Putin. All these 7 months we are just overwhelmed by what is happening.”
David: “Now 98% of people call from neighboring regions, from Buryatia, from all Asian republics. They call everyone, summons come. Two days ago I spoke with a friend. He said he received a summons. If he does not appear, then he will face a criminal case of up to 10 years. I support him in every way. We opened an account, there are details. We are helping our countrymen to leave the country now.”
Denis: “My friends are sitting in Russia now and they are waiting for a summons. Be afraid, like the rest of the male population. In Russia, all my conscious life they drummed into me: “If only there was no war. May 9 is a holiday - Victory Day!” And then fascism was born.
Artyom: “This is very scary, we are still citizens of Russia. We are just refugees who did not agree with what we are accused of. So we ran. I cry every day when I talk to my mother. We decided to organize a protest, wrote to all our friends with whom we communicate on the Internet. We were very well supported. Here are both citizens of Ukraine and citizens of Russia, ordinary people who suffered from all this, who fled. The people are already tired of tolerating this lie.”