Witnesses Against War #27: Russia – a huge digital concentration camp

4 August 2022

Source: Witnesses Against War

Witnesses Against War is an anonymous international group of journalists, writers, historians and translators, who live in Moscow and London. For reasons of security, their project is anonymous. In addition to the above websiste, you can also find them on Instagram  and Telegram.

Illustration Yuri Pogorelov

Russia today is a huge digital concentration camp for 140 million people

The regime of Vladimir Putin tolerates no dissent and is characterised by the concentration of political and financial power in the hands of the “siloviki” or strongmen – the secret services and the police and military under their control, the destruction or emasculation of all civil public institutions and the state’s total surveillance of its citizens. Since the beginning of the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine, Russia has been completely lacking in even the illusion of freedom of speech that existed in a curtailed and usually simulated form until February 24. The right to freedom of assembly has been totally destroyed; any public protest against the authorities by a Russian citizen is punishable by the recently adopted criminal articles (counter to the constitution) on “discrediting” the armed forces of the Russian Federation. Russia of 2022 is a country riddled with the fear of reprisal.

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