Moscow police arrest opposition politician Ilya Yashin

Moscow police reportedly detained one of the few politicians openly opposing the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine on Monday who is still in Russia.

A journalist friend said that Ilya Yashin, a municipal deputy, was taken into custody while they were walking in a Moscow park. The journalist, Irina Babloyan, told the Tass news agency that he had been taken to a detention center in the Luzhniki district of the Russian capital.

After being accused of discrediting the Russian military last month, Yashin said he would not walk away or withdraw his criticism of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Latvia-based independent Russian news site Meduza reported.

Russian authorities have been cracking down on war critics since passing a law criminalizing spreading false information about the military shortly after troops invaded Ukraine in late February. The offense carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Human rights advocates have counted dozens of cases.

Aside from criminal charges, public figures in Russia have reportedly faced pressure from authorities to publicly announce their support for the country’s operation in Ukraine.