Russian youth defying Kremlin in widespread anti-war protest

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.08 - 2023 1:18 PM CET


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Russian anti-war activists have adopted a unique method of expressing their dissent by sabotaging the Russian railway network, crucial for military logistics.

The network spans approximately 33,000 kilometers, and its disruption has been ongoing for over 17 months.

The British Defense Ministry cites independent investigations in Russia revealing 76 instances of railway sabotage from February 2022 to October 2023.

This persistent interference presents a "significant problem" for Russian authorities.

Public displays of dissatisfaction and disagreement with the war are almost entirely prohibited in Russia. Consequently, especially younger activists are resorting to sabotage as a means of protesting the conflict.

According to the Defense Ministry, at least 137 individuals, most of whom are under 24 years old, have faced legal repercussions for these acts of sabotage.

The ministry notes that sabotage charges in Russia can lead to life imprisonment. This situation highlights the lengths to which Russian citizens are going to voice their opposition to the war, despite the severe risks involved.