Anti-war protesters in St. Petersburg, Russia, were violently beaten by police on Sunday, according to videos posted on social media.
CNN has geolocated and verified the authenticity of the videos, taken on Sunday evening.
In the clips, protesters are seen marching along Nevsky Avenue in central St. Petersburg. Outside Kazan Cathedral, a violent interaction between protesters and police was captured in two of the videos.
One of the videos posted on social networks shows a policeman trying to arrest an individual in the street. When a protester approaches to try to engage with the situation, another police officer appears and pushes that person to the ground.
Another video, published by Russian media outlet SOTA Vision, shows police trying to arrest a woman on the ground.
In both videos, other protesters approach and engage the police. Screams are heard and video released by SOTA Vision shows police beating the man being pushed to the ground.
In the video posted on social media, it later shows that the police manage to hold the woman to the ground while holding back the protesters. Then a police van shows up.
“No to war”, shout the demonstrators several times.
CNN contacted St. Petersburg police to inquire about the nature of the arrest and did not receive an immediate response.
Thousands of detainees: On Sunday, the Russian Interior Ministry told Russian media TASS that around 1,500 people “took part in an uncoordinated rally” in St Petersburg on Sunday and around 750 were arrested.
At least 4,640 people were arrested in Russia on Sunday amid anti-war rallies across the country, according to OVD-Info, an independent human rights monitoring group that tracks detentions. More than 13,000 people have been arrested in Russia for anti-war protests since the invasion, the group calculated.