Ukraine: Putin uses rural conscription to avoid protests
Citizens who oppose the invasion of Ukraine on social media should apologize and renounce their belief in this shameful video. A Muscovite who posted a video of himself on social media saying “glory to Ukraine” was encouraged to release a second video in which he ipadnewsed his support for Russia’s “special operations”. The man, who was not named, was detained by police in Alushta, Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014.
He says on the tape: “I said the statement used by Ukrainian nationalists.
“I am not [Ukrainian] nationalists and do not recommend this statement to the people of the Russian Federation.
“If I offended anyone, I apologize. I support the special operations of Russian forces in Ukraine.”
A Ukrainian citizen living in Krasnogorsk, a Moscow suburb, was also forced to apologize for “talking badly about Russian soldiers” on Instagram.
In his filmed apology, published by RIA Novosti, he claimed he had been drunk when he criticized Russia in the original video.
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The young man, from rebel-held Donetsk, said: “I would like to apologize to all servicemen of the Russian army and all employees of the Russian security forces, as well as their families and all those who took, and took part, in the attack special military operations in the region. Ukrainian Republic.”
He was reportedly later released.
Russia has witnessed an exodus of political activists, journalists and others who, critical of the Moscow attacks, fear the consequences they will face if they speak up.
On Monday, March 28, the country’s leading independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, announced the suspension of its online and print operations.
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It came after an alleged warning from state media watchdog Roskomnadzor for failing to correctly identify an organization deemed a “foreign agent” by Russian authorities in its publications.
Editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov, who was a co-winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, and his reporters said: “There was no other choice. For us, and I know, for you, this was a bad and difficult decision.”
The company added in a statement: “After this we stopped the release of the newspaper on the website, on the (social) network and on paper – until the end of ‘special operations on the territory of Ukraine’.”
The newspaper, following the passage of two new laws criminalizing independent reporting of war and protesting the war, recently removed material about the Kremlin’s so-called “special military operations” in Ukraine.
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More than 10,000 people have been arrested in Russia for protesting the Kremlin war in Ukraine
Fasted through parliament on March 4, the law prohibits the spread of “fake news” about the Russian military, to call for an end to its deployment of troops and to ipadnews support for sanctions imposed by the West against Russian targets – with sentences of up to 15 years.
More than two dozen Russian media outlets have been blocked by the country’s media regulator or have voted to cease operations, while Facebook and Instagram have also been banned.
On March 17, in Moscow’s most direct statement of intent since the start of a full-scale war on February 24, Putin said society would benefit from not having anti-war Russia “mentally” aligned with the “collective West”.
Referring to the “purification” of “trash and traitors”, the president reinforced a not-so-new approach to those who opposed his dictatorial ideas.
He said: “The Russian people will always be able to distinguish true patriots from trash and traitors and just spit them out like mosquitoes accidentally flying into their mouths.
“I believe that such a natural and necessary cleansing of society will only strengthen our country, our solidarity, cohesion and readiness to respond to any challenge.”
According to the independent monitoring group OVD-Info, more than 10,000 people have been arrested in Russia for protesting against Moscow’s attacks in Ukraine.
As of March 14, the number stood at nearly 15,000 detentions – including children and the elderly.
One day, March 13, 817 people were arrested during demonstrations in 37 cities in Russia.
There have also been reports of employees losing their jobs or being expelled from universities for criticizing Putin’s actions.