Metro writer placed on Russian wanted list for "discrediting" military

midian182

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WTF?! Dmitry Glukhovsky, the Russian science fiction writer who penned the Metro series and collaborated with 4A Games on the video game versions, has been placed on Russia's wanted list for publicly criticizing the country's war with Ukraine.

Glukhovsky's Telegram post revealed he has been accused of discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in one of his Instagram posts. "I am ready to repeat everything said there: 'Stop the war! Admit that this is a war against an entire nation and stop it!'" he wrote.

BBC Russia writes that Moscow's Basmanny district court ordered Glukhovsky's arrest in absentia on May 13.

Days after the invasion of Ukraine, Russia introduced a law that prohibited the spreading of "fake" news about what it has long claimed is a "special military operation" designed to demilitarize and "denazify" Ukraine while protecting its Russian speakers. Those convicted of breaking this law face up to 15 years in prison.

Reuters reports that Glukhovsky, who also worked as a journalist in Israel and covered the Second Lebanon War in 2006, is the first major cultural figure to be placed on the wanted list. He no longer resides in Russia.

Glukhovsky worked closely with studio 4A Games on the development of the Metro franchise. The Ukrainian company, which is currently working on a new Metro game, had already relocated from the country to Malta back in 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The impact of Russia's invasion has been far-reaching across the technology and gaming industries. From Taiwan restricting chip exports to those under 25 MHz and Google Russia filing for bankruptcy, to Euro Truck Simulator's Heart of Russia DLC being canceled and Sherlock Holmes studio Frogwares relocating out of Kyiv, thanks to a grant from Epic Games.

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winjer

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“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”

— Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials
 

Hexic

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“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”

— Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

And equally:

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”
 

Beerfloat

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But don't forget we can't just blame Russia for these laws. 'The West' is responsible somehow.

And this guy is probably just a Globalist so he has it coming.

And people in China and India stand with Russia on this one, surely.

 

scavengerspc

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Glukhovsky knew what would happen and didn't care. Very honest and brave, though it's hard to say it was necessary. Nobody is better at discrediting the Russian military than the Russian military themselves. An almost hilarious blend of downright lousy equipment and poorly trained personnel.
 

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Endymio

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Ah here we go, I'm sure someone will defend Russia on this...
And I'm sure you're well aware that Ukraine is doing even more of this than is Russia. They're even attempting to try for treason those who fled the country years before the war even began:

MAY 5, 2022: Spain arrests Ukrainian blogger accused of ‘high treason’ by Kyiv...A Ukrainian blogger and politician accused of “high treason” by Kyiv has been detained in Spain, police said Thursday.

Ukraine’s security service said it had conducted a “multi-level special operation” alongside Spanish authorities and Ukraine’s interior ministry to arrest Anatoly Shariy, a blogger-turned-politician whom it has accused of “incitement to hatred.” ... Shariy has lived in the EU for the last 10 years ...."
 

Bluescreendeath

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And I'm sure you're well aware that Ukraine is doing even more of this than is Russia. They're even attempting to try for treason those who fled the country years before the war even began:
...Ukraine’s security service said it had conducted a “multi-level special operation” alongside Spanish authorities and Ukraine’s interior ministry to arrest Anatoly Shariy, a blogger-turned-politician whom it has accused of “incitement to hatred.” ... Shariy has lived in the EU for the last 10 years ...."[/I]

The blogger does seem more suspicious than the Metro2033 writer. The Metro 2033 writer merely criticized the war, while the blogger guy not only criticized Ukraine and called for violence against Russian protestors, but also started political parties that may have had connections with the Russian government.

"In 2019, the blogger launched the Party of Shariy, a right-wing, Euroskeptic political party that went on to score 2.2 percent in a general election the same year. In March, the party was suspended alongside others for suspected ties to the Russian government."

Either way, should he have been arrested? Probably not if you want to err on the side of freedom.

Well, least Ukraine isn't assassinating political dissidents with radioactive materials and chemical poisons in Western Europe like Putin's boys are doing.
 
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Endymio

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Either way, least Ukraine isn't assassinating political dissidents with radioactive materials
No, they're simply stripping their ethnic minority citizens of the right to vote, to hold office, and to speak their own language, along with banning opposition political parties and all non state-run media, and arresting any male who attempts to flee the country.

In any case, Ukraine's arrest of the blogger Shariy is only one of many dozens of similar cases. Here's a few more.

Ukrainian-Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky has been imprisoned by Ukraine since his May 2018 arrest on yet unproven allegations of “high treason”...

"In the last week two Ukrainian journalists have been detained for committing ‘state treason’. On Feb 8, blogger Ruslan Kotsaba was detained, and yesterday journalist Andriy Zakharchuk was also arrested..."

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about the arrest of Kyrylo Vychynski, a Ukrainian journalist arrested and charged with high treason...
 
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Bluescreendeath

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No, they're simply stripping their ethnic minority citizens of the right to vote, to hold office, and to speak their own language, along with banning opposition political parties and all non state-run media, and arresting any male who attempts to flee the country.

In any case, Ukraine's arrest of the blogger Shariy is only one of many dozens of similar cases. Here's a few more. Note: these are individuals who were actually arrested and placed in jail cells, unlike the symbolic in absentia charge against the Russian-Israeli subject of this article.

"In the last week two Ukrainian journalists have been detained for committing ‘state treason’. On Feb 8, blogger Ruslan Kotsaba was detained, and yesterday journalist Andriy Zakharchuk was also arrested..."

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about the arrest of Kyrylo Vychynski, a Ukrainian journalist arrested and charged with high treason...

First, you mean like how the Russian lower house Assembly (Duma) recently banned the mandatory teaching of ethnic minority's native languages even in their native homeland regions and how Russian culture and language is being imposed on them, thus ensuring their culture & language will die? And how Asiatic minorities in Russia are gradually losing more and more of their rights and autonomy? This is after Russophiles already spent decades trying to wipe out native Asiatic languages and tried to wipe out the Ukranian language with outright genocide in the form of mass deportations, executions, state caused famines, imprisonment, etc during the Soviet Union.

Second, your claim that opposition parties are banned is extremely misleading. The main opposition party in Ukraine is the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine, which is the party of the last president Poroshenko who lost the Zelensky in the most recent presidential elections. That opposition party is not banned. The only parties that were banned were a handful of pro-Russian parties that were banned in recent months after the Russian invasion started. The vast majority of opposition parties in Ukraine are intact. Ukraine still has legitimate opposition parties that aren't a part of Zelensky's government. This is in contrast to Russia where no real opposition exists, their opposition leaders are dead or in jail, and the rest are Krelmin stooges that don't dare to criticize Putin.

Third, again, this isn't like Ukraine is going around assassinating dissidents on European soil like Russia is doing. Did you forget about Putin's thugs poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal with Novichok nerve agent, which ended up causing collateral damage of killing random innocent bystanders?

Or did you forget that Putin's thugs poisoned former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko with polonium because he released evidence on Putin's role in his false flag operation of blowing up Russian apartments in 1999 in order to blame Chechens and justify an invasion of Chechnya so he could consolidate power and become a dictator and rule for 20+ years? There are plenty more examples of Putin's outright assassination of dissidents on the soil of other countries. That doesn't even get into Putin's assassination of Russian critics on Russian soil like Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

There is no equivalencies here. Ukraine and Russia are not remotely on the same level in their behavior. If Ukraine is bad, Russia under Putin is flaming dumpster fire of toxic poop bad.
 
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Endymio

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The main opposition party in Ukraine is the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine, which is the party of the last president Poroshenko who lost the Zelensky in the most recent presidential elections. That opposition party is not banned. The only parties that were banned were a handful of pro-Russian parties
Why lie?

Mar 15, 2022: President Zelenskyy’s government suspended 11 Ukrainian political parties over claimed “links with Russia” ... One of the banned parties, the Opposition Platform for Life, came in second in the recent elections ....

First, you mean like how the Russian lower house Assembly (Duma) recently banned the mandatory teaching of ethnic minority's native languages
No, nothing like. Russia blocked mandatory requirements for teaching those languages -- but still allows them to be taught by voluntary request of the parents of students. Ukraine banned outright the use of the Russian language -- spoken by a quarter of their citizens.

There is no equivalencies here. Ukraine and Russia are not remotely on the same level in their behavior.
You're right. Ukraine's ultranationalist paramilitary groups like Aidar and the Azov Battalion have been repeatedly cited by the UN, the EU, and even the US Congress for their acts of terror against ethnic minorities in Ukraine, in their goal of "racial purification" of the homeland. Russia may treat its citizens poorly, but it treats them all equally poorly.

By the way, how did Ukraine respond to the sanctioning of the Azov Battalion? They officially integrated them into their armed forces.
 

Bluescreendeath

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No, nothing like. Russia blocked mandatory requirements for teaching those languages -- but still allows them to be taught by voluntary request of the parents of students. Ukraine banned outright the use of the Russian language -- spoken by a quarter of their citizens.

Why lie? Ukraine never banned the use of Russian language. There was only a requirement in January to have media use Ukrainian language as the primary language for publications. Russian was never banned, and Russian or other languages are STILL ALLOWED as long as it is accompanied by Ukranian.

"The provision, which entered into force on January 16, is stipulated in article 25 of the law. It requires print media outlets registered in Ukraine to publish in Ukrainian. Publications in other languages must also be accompanied by a Ukrainian version, equivalent in content, volume, and method of printing."

As for the Russian genocide of minority languages, Russia is implementing the mandatory teaching of Russian language and Russian culture in public schools in the homeland regions of the natives, while blocking the mandatory teaching of the native's own languages that the minorities want. Russia is even fining people for refusing to drop mandatory ethnic minority language classes. Voluntary request doesn't mean much when there has been a systematic erosion and discrimination agianst their use in Russia. It's not a coincidence that minority languages have declined significantly.

"Kazan School Director Faces Suspension For Refusal To Abolish Mandatory Tatar Classes" ... "The director of a private school in Russia's Tatarstan region faces suspension or a heavy fine for refusing to drop mandatory Tatar-language classes. In a December 7 ruling, a court in the regional capital, Kazan, rejected Pavel Shmakov's complaint against local prosecutors whom he accused of ordering his school to abandon mandatory Tatar classes without first inspecting its curriculum."
The culture of fear and state pressure is doing a great job at genociding the culture of ethnic minorities.

Mar 15, 2022: President Zelenskyy’s government suspended 11 Ukrainian political parties over claimed “links with Russia” ... One of the banned parties, the Opposition Platform for Life, came in second in the recent elections ....

I'll give you that one about the Opposition for Life Party. Poroshenko's European Solidarity party as an opposition party fell into 3rd place. So you just have the 3rd, 4th, etc largest opposition parties still around as the 2nd one was banned for being pro-Russian after the Russians invaded.

That is still amateurish when compared to Putin considering Putin managed to get rid of all real major opposition parties, imprison any real opposing leaders, kill dissidents, and the few opposition that are allowed to remain have to parrot Putin's agenda. And Putin destroyed his opposition before he invaded Ukraine and without any external threats like a foreign country invading them. That is true dictatorial power.

And let's not forget that Putin has been assassinating dissidents on European soil left and right. Putin's thugs poisoned former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko with polonium because he released evidence on Putin's role in his false flag operation of blowing up Russian apartments in 1999 in order to blame Chechens and justify an invasion of Chechnya so he could consolidate power and become a dictator and rule for 20+ years. Or how Putin's thugs posioned Sergei and Yulia Skripal with Novichok nerve agent, which ended up causing collateral damage of killing random innocent bystanders.

You're right. Ukraine's ultranationalist paramilitary groups like Aidar and the Azov Battalion have been repeatedly cited by the UN, the EU, and even the US Congress for their acts of terror against ethnic minorities in Ukraine, in their goal of "racial purification" of the homeland. Russia may treat its citizens poorly, but it treats them all equally poorly.By the way, how did Ukraine respond to the sanctioning of the Azov Battalion? They officially integrated them into their armed forces.
I was wondering when you were going to play that card about the Azov Battalion. Russia under Putin complaining about Ukranian nationalist is the pot calling the kettle black. Putin's Russia is one of the largest if not the largest source of NeoNazis in the world, and many Ukranian NeoNazis originally had their roots in Russia.

Have you ever heard of Wagner Group (Putin's famous private mercenaries) that use Neo-Nazi slogans and symbols such as 14/88? The founder of Wagner Group has NeoNazi tatoos, and the group is even named after Hitler's favorite German composer. Look up other Russian NeoNazi paramilitary groups such as Rusich - there are literally photos of its leader NeoNazi Alexei Milchakov posing with the Nazi Swastika flags. Putin's advisor/political party strategist Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin is a well known fascist. Russia has some of the largest numbers of NeoNazis in the world. Go look up the following NeoNazi organizations in Russia: Eurasian Youth Union, Front of National Revolutionary Action, Northern Alliance, Pamyat (now the The National Patriotic Front and The Russian National Unity), Russian National Socialist Party, Russian National Unity, Barkashov's Guards, Slavic Union, Format18, the National Socialist Society, etc. Russia has tons and tons of NeoNazi and Fascist people and groups, many of whom crossed over into Ukraine to form Ukranian NeoNazi groups. Russia under Putin also basically didn't do anything about their own NeoNazis (at least not until recently when it became obviously hypocritical that they let their own Nazis run around while criticizing Ukranian Nazis).

So no, Russia does not equally treat its citizens. The Russian Slavs have far more power than others, and Russian NeoNazis have significant power and numbers. Did you know about the harassment and discrimination that north Caucasus workers face in Russia? Here is an article from several years ago: "President Vladimir Putin personally triggered the anti-Georgian frenzy by complaining, in a televised meeting, that non-Slavs from the Caucasus region dominate farmer’s markets in most cities, incurring the wrath of native Russians. “The indignation of citizens is right,” Putin said. “(We must) protect the interests of Russian manufacturers and Russia’s native population.” Putin may have been trying to gather support for his tough policy against Georgia, which includes a complete cutoff of trade, transport and even postal links. But in targeting Georgian businesses, he handed a gift to the outright racist Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI), which calls for expelling all non-Slavs from Russian cities, whether they are Russian citizens or not."

Today, Putin himself claimed that Ukraine shouldn't exist and it should be a part of a broader Russo-Slavic identity. Putin's ethnonationalistic justifications of protecting Slavs and forming a pan-Slav empire mirror Hitler's claims of invading other countries to protect Germans and creating a pan-Germanic Empire. Speaking of NeoNazis, Putin only has to look in a mirror. Russia is Ukraine's (and the world's) greatest source of NeoNazism.
 
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