A reminder that not all Russians want Putin's invasion on Ukraine. Moreover, I think that Russians and Belarussians also will fight in this war for free Russia and free Belarus. Just like Ukrainians for free Ukraine!
Comment from a Russian on how he/she feels about all the situation:
Thank you. I read so many comments like "Fuck Russians", "burn their economy to ashes" and shit like that and while I agree with sanctions and, well, rationally understand that it was inevitable and necessary after the invasion, I feel terrible. Economy is really going to shit and it is just a beginning. It will be a long ass time to fix it even after Putin is gone, provided we do not trade one unhinged dictator for another.
People here say we deserve it, referring to different polls that indicate pro-Purin favour amongs Russian citizens. Numbers vary: 50%, 60%, 77%.
The thing is... the absolute, the absolute majority of "pro" voters are elderly people living in rural areas. They watch only RT, they do not use internet, they do not have any access to western media that is not heavily regulated, VPN is a foul word for them. Those people support this regime, because they are so conditioned to believe that the way we all are treated is a-okay and is not twisted and terrible, not in any way, no sir.
Younger generations, up to people in their 30-40s, are not Putin supporters. We hate this regime with a passion.
We hate how we are perceived in West, we hate how we are not even able to go on peaceful protests without being beaten, harassed, arrested, immediately expelled from university/fired, not to mention straight up murdered the same way Putin tried to assassinate Navalniy many, many times.
I know that it is our responsibility to topple this war mongering, fear mongering psychopath of a person, but it is so difficult. During Navalniy protests I had a glimmer of hope, seeing 200k people standing together united in Moscow, but it was foiled with a mockery of a trial. And then it was just more oppression, more fear, more restrictions, more threats if we ever attempt anything like this again. Military is on his side, normal folk is not armed, so we are just going to be gunned down, no mercy.
Fucking children are being detained. Children!
We can't even help Ukranians financially, even though ruble is a joke now. If you attempt to donate to Kiev or Kharkiv, your card will be blocked, you - blacklisted. The only thing we can do is just spread awareness all over the country, but even this is met with extreme hostility from the government. Many websites are blocked. Many newsletters are banned.
I wish I could go to Ukraine and help in some way too with the wounded or, I do not know, food cooking or stuff like that.
My friend in Kiev hasn't been answering for days. I am so afraid to read her name in the news or see a video with her house destroyed.
I am full of sorrow, fear and fucking rage.
I hope Putin dies SCREAMING.