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Inside Moscow during the Ukrainian War: Reporter’s Note

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Martial law to Russia in fear that the war in Ukraine could prove a boiling crisis that blows the lid of a controlled society, a kind of hybrid police state with Starbucks and vibrant social media. Rumors are swirling about the possibility of coming.

Of course, that final explanation only applied until very recently, when a cheerful young barista was sent home and sentenced to death on Instagram. It will take 15 years to cross the red line of the Kremlin’s latest and arbitrary “fake news”.

The last journalism brand left in Moscow is Novaya Gazeta. The editor-in-chief won the Nobel Peace Prize last year. Perhaps Novaya is too famous to fail and cannot escape. But now we are under great pressure. The editor told Fox News about the feeling he was seeing in Moscow.

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“It’s a tragedy because society has collapsed, there is no economic hope, and there is no political future for our home country,” said Kirill Martinov. It’s pretty stupid and aggressive. And basically, you start to feel like someone living in some kind of occupied territory, not your own country. It is a country occupied by some foreign invaders, some enemies. “

On March 4, 2022, a patrol car was parked in the Red Square against the backdrop of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.
(AP photo, file)

Martinov added that the Russians feel that there is really nothing to complain about compared to what the Ukrainians are alive.

“It feels like everything is on the verge of a civil war, basically because of the growing hatred in Russia. Propaganda encourages this hatred, and hatred and distrust of Russia is growing.” He said.

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I ask a question that everyone wants to know-next to what Putin has in mind? -To Martinov: What percentage of Russians support the war with Ukraine?

He estimated it to be about 25%. Another quarter (and his answer is based on his feelings) favors President Vladimir Putin and believes that everything he has chosen should be correct. I’m scared for another quarter. And the last 25% or less are strongly opposed to this war.

A woman passing by a mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade, Serbia, on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

A woman passing by a mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade, Serbia, on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
(AP photo / DarkoVojinovic)

I asked Martinov if he thinks someone in Putin’s inner circle is watching an image of Ukraine being broadcast on a channel that does not belong to the Russian state. If so, do they feel terrible about damage, death and the refugee crisis?

“I feel like there are smart people around President Putin. I think they have a pretty good understanding of what’s happening in Ukraine. They can look like us. We still have some independent sources. Left — YouTube, Telegram and other social media — so far not completely blocked in Russia, but they are war criminals It seems that he has decided, and he cannot break his relationship with Mr Putin. “

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He also believes that the political consequences of the war could mean the dissolution of Russia.

“Or, for example, the Soviet Union. It feels like the Soviet Union was wiped out of maps and political maps in 1991, but it feels like it was just an illusion. In the last 30 years, the Soviet Union was still alive in the Russian Federation. . It’s still alive. “

The map shows Russia's invasion of Ukraine as of March 11, 2022.

The map shows Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as of March 11, 2022.
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Novaya Gazeta has decided to continue working based on feedback from subscribers. I contacted the readers directly and asked if they would like to continue publishing even if they couldn’t report the war. It is not possible to report on the war. You will face punishment for conflicts as “war” or “aggression” rather than “special military operations”.

Novaya’s editorial board refuses to chop the words, but it turns out that the employee is at risk of going to jail if the publication reports a version of the event that conflicts with the official one. Otherwise, what is happening in Russia is, in the current situation, mostly fallout from war, economics and street demonstrations.

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According to Martynov, the newspaper has just released the best-ever cover of a ballerina dancing to “Swan Lake” against a backdrop of mushroom clouds. On the cover page, “This edition of Novaya is compliant with changes in Russian criminal law.”

The symbolism is strong. During a coup attempt against Communist hardline Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, Russian national television looped the performance of “Swan Lake.”

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