From a Zwastika to "No to the War". Anti-war activities in Russia, 9-18 September
A large letter “Z”, a Zwastika as it’s now called, was painted on a hillside opposite Divnigorsk (Krasnoyarsk Region). Beneath the letter, stones were assembled to spell the town’s name. A protestor clambered up the hillside, took one bar off the Z and rearranged the stones to read “No to the War”.
Look at this instead. Anti-war activities in Russia, 2-11 September 2022
A Russian artist Alevtina Yelsukova has sewn a quilt resembling the TV signal screen and sold it at auction. The money will be used to buy blankets for Ukrainian refugees. This quilt could cover the largest TV screen and stop anyone watching it again
There’s always a choice. Anti-war activities in Russia, 23-27 August
Russia today is a dictatorial regime with strict censorship. Yet as a protestor from a small village in Central Russia wrote of recent attempts to bribe men into joining the army, “You can’t cure death with money. There’s always a choice”.
Valentin Vyhivsky: Eight years of torture in Russian captivity for being Ukrainian
It is exactly eight years since Russia’s FSB abducted Valentin Vyhivsky from occupied Crimea and took him to Moscow, where he was held incommunicado for around eight months and savagely tortured
13-year sentence against Belarusian investigative journalist who helped expose crimes against Ukraine
Denis Ivashin played an important role in exposing the Russian fighters who first took part in Russia’s invasion of Crimea and Donbas and were later deployed to prop up the regime of Aleksander Lukashenka
Fascism is here in Russia. Anti-war activities in Russia, 15-22 August
New investigations into acts “discrediting” the Russian army were opened in Elista (Kalmykia, South Russia), in Buinaksk (Dagestan) and Ingushetia in the North Caucasus, and in Petrozavodsk (Karelia), St Petersburg and Krasnodar (South Russia).
Those who unleashed this war will not go to Heaven. Anti-War activities In Russia, 7-14 August 2022
St Petersburg priest Father Ioann Kurmoyarov has been held in custody since 9 June. “The blessed peace-makers will end up in Heaven,” he said. “you understand what I’m saying? The peace-makers. Those who unleashed this aggression will not be going there.”
Opposing the Orwellian State. Anti-war activities in Russia, 27 July-5 August
“No to the War”, “Putin is a war criminal!”, or just a placard bearing eight asterisks—with such posters people in Russia hold solitary anti-war protests ending up on the dock.
“He lay on the sidewalk, naming towns and cities in Ukraine”. A digest of anti-war activities in Russia, 23-29 July
Since the beginning of March, the police have charged more than 3,000 Russian citizens with “discrediting” the army (Article 20.3.3, Administrative Offences). The Net Freedoms project calculates that courts have issued fines in 92% of cases.
2,500 kms on Foot to Protest against the War. Anti-war Activities in Russia, 17-26 July 2022
Hardly any anti-war protest takes place in Russia today without harassment or prosecution by the country’s law-enforcement agencies. Protestors are fined under Article 20.3.3 of the Administrative Code; they are charged under Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code (up to 15 years imprisonment); or they may be sent, like Maria Ponomarenko of Barnaul (south Siberia), for psychiatric assessment.
“Let’s Fight the Propaganda Together” Anti-war Activities in Russia, 9-16 July 2022
One can be arrested for saying “No to the War"" or “Peace will triumph!” in Russia. Even the words “special operation” in inverted commas is a crime.
“Do You Still Want This War?” Anti-War Activities in Russia, 3-9 July 2022
A major event of the past week was the Moscow trial of Alexei Gorinov. Accused of circulating “fake news” about the Russian military, he was sentenced on 8 July to seven years imprisonment.
Feminists, “Railroad Partisans” and School-Leavers Protest. A Digest of Protests in Russia, 25 June-2 July 2022
During the past week Ilya Yashin, a well-known opposition politician, was arrested in Moscow; Russia’s feminists, the “railroad partisans” and school-leavers showed their opposition to the war in a variety of ways; while Vesna activists in several cities responded to the Russian shelling of the KremenchukShopping Centre [on 27 June] with a ‘Last Purchase’ protest.
61-year-old Russian given 7-year prison sentence for criticizing Russia’s war against Ukraine, in bitter déjà vu from Soviet times
Alexei Gorinov has become the first Russian to receive a long prison sentence for telling the truth about Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine
Belarusian rail partisans who helped save Kyiv from the Russian invaders threatened with death sentences
Three Belarusians are about to go on trial, with the Belarusian Investigative Committee having already labelled them ‘traitors’ and threatened the death penalty
Russian Prosecutor General given power to close media for ‘discrediting the army’ through truth about the war against Ukraine
Russia’s State Duma has adopted a draft bill allowing the prosecutor general to close media in Russia or occupied Crimea for so-called ‘fakes’, ‘discrediting the army’; ‘disrespect for the authorities’ or for calls to impose sanctions
Patterns of Resistance are changing. A Digest of Protests in Russia (17-24 June 2022)
During the past week public protests seemed to be waning in Russia. In fact, the anti-war movement was regrouping and adopting new forms of action.
Chuvashia is Angry: A Bracelet for every 500 roubles. Digest of Russian protests (11-16 June 2022)
Advice to conscripts on refusing military service; a secret Peace Forum in Petersburg; bracelets for those who donate towards the fines for protesting: people in Russia continued to express opposition to the war and the regime responded with new punishments, criminal charges and violence. Agents beat up a man in front of his seven-year-old son because the boy was wearing a yellow hat and blue jacket.
“We’re not celebrating today” – digest of Russian protests (early June 2022)
12 June was a public holiday in Russia. It marks the date in 1990 when the Russian Federation declared its independence. In Russian towns and cities filled with police and the pro-war symbol Z, activists used the occasion to hold anti-war protests. Many were arrested, and facial-recognition technology was used to detain over sixty men and women in the Moscow Metro. Hackers, street artists and musicians took part in the protests.