In view of the Ukraine war, resistance is stirring in Russia – especially against Putin. At least that’s what the wife of an imprisoned member of the opposition believes.
Moscow – Vladimir Kara-Mursa, a Russian journalist and opposition figure, has been in prison since April 11. Eleven days later he was Moscow classified as a “foreign agent”. In addition, a criminal case was opened on the basis of “false statements about the Russian army”. The reason: In mid-March, the politician gave a speech in front of the Arizona State House of Representatives and condemned the Ukraine war.
On the day of her meeting with Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in London, wife Evgenia Kara-Mursa warned the British government that her husband, a British citizen who is said to have been poisoned twice by the Russian spy service FSB, may fear for his own life. An activist and dissident, Vladimir Kara-Mursa worked for 15 years alongside Boris Nemtsov, an opposition leader who was shot dead in 2015.
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“If you call this war a war and not ‘special operations’ as the government wants to call it, you can basically go to prison for up to 15 years,” Evgenia Kara-Mursa told the British daily The Guardian. Her husband now faces “up to ten years”.
Her husband’s decision to criticize the regime again and again Russia to return, she had never been critical. “He felt that as a Russian politician he could not call on people to keep fighting if he was safe somewhere,” said Evgenia Kara-Mursa. A court date has not yet been announced as the authorities may make further allegations.
However, Evgenia Kara-Mursa is not impressed by this. “Our family has lived like this for a long time,” said the mother of three. “He was from an FSB team [russischer Geheimdienst] targeted who tried to kill him twice, in 2015 and 2017,” she said. “Both times Vladimir was in a coma and suffered multiple organ failure. And I put him back in the USA brought. He recovered and then returned to Russia.”
However, the arrest of her husband and her campaign for his release forced her to change her role. “Fact is, I’ve never been a public person. I’ve never been a public speaker, so whatever I’m doing today, I’m learning every day.”
Ukraine-News: Resistance in Russia is stirring
Despite her new role, Kara-Mursa does not shy away from clear words. Her home country has meanwhile transitioned from an authoritarian to a totalitarian regime, and massive repression and propaganda dominate. “There is a new iron curtain around this country.” But in her eyes, the Russian population is increasingly resisting:
“I believe, that Putin has not yet called for mobilization, because he knows how people will react to it. But a week or two ago it was said that 11 conscription centers across Russia had already been burned down. So people are protesting by saying, ‘We will not go to your war.’” Kara-Mursa further said that Wladimir Putin with the escalation of Ukraine conflict “signed his own death warrant”. (nak)
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