Saboteurs, Activists, Soldiers: How Russians Rally Against Putin’s War


Against Putin’s rule in Russia more and more resistance is forming. Especially the young part of the population turns its back on the Kremlin boss. There are also underground movements that want to stop the Russian president.

For example, feminist anti-war resistance activists. “We want our country to know how Ukrainians are suffering from this war, how the economic situation of Russians is deteriorating. And we want to support all those targeted by the Russian regime for their anti-war stance,” said Dasha Serenko.
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“. She is one of the leaders of a Russian – and now international – network of opponents of the war.

Activist: “We want to stop the war”

Feminist anti-war resistance activists want to use the public to put pressure on Putin and strengthen doubts about his policies in the country. Activists get a lot of attention through social media channels. “We want to stop the war,” they say.

Feminists collect donations for Ukrainian refugees who often travel to a travel to Russia will be forced and needs urgent help to return to safety European reach countries.

Saboteurs lead a radical underground struggle

The men and women of the so-called rail resistance are far more radical than the feminist protest. They also call for sabotage of railway systems via telegram. With success: since the beginning of the war of aggression, numerous acts of sabotage have been committed on Belarusian railway lines, through which Russian military equipment was transported. The saboteurs’ website says, “Those who sabotage the railroad save lives on both sides of the front.”

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Russian soldiers refuse to serve

Putin also faces a lot of opposition from the people who are supposed to be fighting for him in the war. Young Russian men increasingly refuse to work. The Russian president has sent thousands of troops into battle. However, now the motivation and combat morale of Russian soldiers is falling more and more. Many career soldiers end their contracts and want to return home as soon as possible.

For example, 17 Russian soldiers are being held in the Luhansk region who refuse to continue participating in the war in Ukraine and have submitted their resignations. This was said by lawyer Andrejus Rinchino, head of the legal department of the Free Buryatia Foundation, in a recent interview with the portal.
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Lawyers and human rights activists provide information on the possibility of conscientious objection for Russians through the Telegram channel: “Appeal to conscience”. “Since the start of the war, interest in war service disputes has increased and this year there will likely be 10,000 cases across all organizations,” a human rights activist told Welt am Sonntag.