July 15, 2022

Fighting for the Light


Fighting for the Light

After Russia initiated the Ukraine War, Russian citizens fell into one of two camps: those who support the “special military operation” and those who do not. A multitude of restrictive laws was added to the Criminal Code (see Patching the Holes, page 20), and people began to inform on one another. It was as if the country had returned to the Stalin era.

In Penza, students informed on their teacher after she voiced opinions on the Ukraine War that deviated from the official line. As a result, a case was brought against her under the article targeting anything deemed to be “fake news” concerning the special military operation. Another teacher was informed on by co-workers after he removed posters featuring the pro-war Z symbol from the doors of a local business.

Tatyana Savinkina, a retiree in Karelia, was recently fined 30,000 rubles ($475) for “disparaging the armed forces of the Russian Federation.”


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