According to OVD-Info*, some of the detainees organized solo pickets against the war with Ukraine, while others were simply on the square. The OVD-Info lawyer* went to help the activists.
According to human rights activists, the following people were detained on Pushkinskaya Square:
According to Mediazona **, 8 activists were detained at the same place on February 20, three of whom received from 8 to 15 days of arrest.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a video address to the nation on February 21, announced the recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. The parties signed agreements on cooperation, friendship and mutual assistance. Later, information appeared that Russian military men were seen on the territory of the Donbass republics, but this information is denied in official statements.
* - the organization was recognized as a foreign agent and liquidated by a court decision on the territory of Russia.
** - entered by the Ministry of Justice into the register of media-foreign agents.