News and Views from Russia and Ukraine

 From CNN’s Reliable Sources:

Scaling Putin’s walls

Protests were documented in dozens of Russian cities on Sunday – risky actions against a war that Russians are not supposed to call a “war.”

OVD-Info, an independent monitoring group that tracks detentions in Russia, reported that at least 4,640 people were detained during protests in 147 cities. The Russian state news agency TASS, citing the Russian Interior Ministry, pegged the number of arrests at 3,500.

News accounts of the protests were limited, owing to a new Russian law that criminalizes journalism in the country. But some photos and videos were still available – and that’s the point I want to underscore here.