21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Tin soldiers

This photo shows scared people who are hiding from the police in the shop during the unauthorized rally in Saint-Petersburg in 2021. During the protests in Russia police forces often use extreme violence to sabotage the event and arrest the activists. They use batons and shockers against unarmed people. Many people do not support the authorities and want to express their opinion but they are afraid to show it, because they can lose their jobs or face a police brutality

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Russia
Camera: ILCE-7M3
Copyright: © Vladislav Shapovalov