Russians who opposed the invasion of Ukraine launched a series of protests on Monday to commemorate Victory Day, the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany.
Anonymous protests included anti-war messages on the homepage of the parent Kremlin’s online news website, graffiti in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, and hackers targeting Russian television shows.
Victory Day is one of Russia’s most popular holidays and traditionally features military parades in cities across the country. In recent years, the Kremlin has promoted celebrations as a way to bring together support for the military and foster patriotism.
A series of anti-war articles Appeared Monday morning, on the pro-Kremlin news website Lenta.ru, includes an article heading “Vladimir Putin is delusional with a poor dictator.”
Two members of the staff, Yegor Polyakov and Alexander Miroshnikov, later Said They were responsible for the stunts and were fired as a result of their actions.
The crackdown by Russian authorities on statements of opposition to the war in Ukraine means that activists are being forced to find increasingly creative ways to express their opposition.
Hours before the Lenta.ru home page changed, satellite TV users noticed that the May 9 list had changed. changed To read “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of murdered children is in your hands.”
And anti-war graffiti appeared overnight in a city in the south of Volgograd. It was the name of Stalingrad in the Soviet era and saw some of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
Street artwork He showed dozens of caskets and put up the slogan, “Zinc belongs to us!” – A reference to the metal traditionally used in the containers of deceased military personnel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin make A direct connection between the sacrifice of Soviet soldiers in World War II and the Russian soldiers who fought in Ukraine on Monday speaking to troops participating in a military parade on Red Square in central Moscow.
Several protesters were arrested in a so-called immortal regiment march in memory of the 27 million Soviet citizens who died in the war in a Russian city on Victory Day.
A man was detained in St. Petersburg for having a placard containing a photo of a Holocaust survivor killed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. according to Go to Media Outlet Fontanka.ru.
And in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, the local Vladimir Saltevsky Detained In the procession of the Immortal Regiment, “Grandchildren, I am ashamed of you. We fought for peace, but you chose war.”
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/09/anti-war-activists-stage-guerrilla-protests-on-victory-day-a77625 Anti-war activist stage “guerrilla” protest on Victory Day