On Sept. 23, a group of Kalmyks — an Asian ethnic minority in Russia — called for the end of partial mobilization (military draft) in Russia, which was announced by Vladimir Putin two days prior. They claimed that the process targets the ethnic population in disproportionately large numbers. The protest took place outside of the United Nations Headquarters in the midst of The General Assembly in New York City.
Russian Kalmyks protest Putin’s mobilization (military draft) outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Sept. 23. Photo credit: Alyona Uvarova.