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Silent protests take place in Russia

Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova has been praised by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for “telling the truth” following her brave anti-war rally on live television on Monday night.

Ovsyannikova, an editor of the state-funded Channel One, ran to the studio of a Russian evening news program and shouted “stop war, no war”. She holds a sign, clearly visible behind the presenter, that reads: “no war, stop war, don’t believe the propaganda, they are lying to you here” .

Her sign could be seen for a few seconds before the channel cut the live broadcast to a pre-recorded segment. Ovsyannikova was fined for the outburst and on Tuesday night said she had been questioned for 14 hours and received no legal assistance. French President Emmanuel Macron has since offered her protection if she needed it.

While Ovsyannikova’s courageous protest caused a stir around the world, other Russians risked their lives to protest quietly.

Emoji code

The BBC Fact Checking Team reports that Russians are using emoji-based code to organize and share details about anti-war protests.

When Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, “an image began to go viral on social media – a photo of Russian poet Pushkin, number seven and a row of ‘pedestrian’ emojis ‘,” said Rachel Schraer of Reality Check last week.

“For insiders, the meaning was clear – a place (Pushkin Square, in Moscow), a time and a call to protest against government action.”

Since then, the emoji “pedestrian” has been used by Russians to indicate when and where they intend to protest, along with phrases like “the weather is great for a walk.”

Unauthorized protests have been banned in Russia since 2014 with “re-offenders” risking a five-year prison term. Schraer said BBC News had heard of people being detained “only” based on their social media activity, including one woman who was arrested for tweeting: “I didn’t walk in the centre. for a long time”, and quoted another tweet urging people to rally.

Along with the “pedestrian” emoji, the “sunflower” emoji is being used by social media users to show their support for Ukraine. Ukraine’s national flower “has become a global symbol of resistance, solidarity and hope”, Washington Post.

Blue Ribbon

Many news sites have reported that the Russians who resisted the invasion of Ukraine left green ribbons in public places.

Not verified videos posted to TikTok shows a man handing out blue ribbons, as well as blue ribbons tied to railings and bridges. The video received 2.6 million views and was set to the song Rag’n’Bone Man Mankind.

One TikTok user wrote: “They can’t silence the blue ribbons. Another explained the meaning of the green ribbons, reminding users that “yellow and blue make green” – a reference to Ukraine’s national color.

The flowers

On International Women’s Day March 8, Russian women, led by the group Resistance Against War for Feminism, left flowers at Soviet war memorials as part of a protest rally. war.

The flowers in question are “chrysanthemums and tulips tied with blue and yellow ribbons – the colors of the Ukrainian flag now common”, Aliide Naylor said in Art ReviewContemporary art magazine based in London.

“We Russian women refuse to celebrate March 8 this year: don’t give us flowers, better take to the streets and place them in memory of the dead Ukrainian civilians,” a statement said. read from collective reading.

Painting on the wall

Protest art in the form of graffiti has also sprung up in Russian cities since the invasion of Ukraine nearly three weeks ago.

Last month, Sun reported that the graffiti “Adolf Putin” had been “scribbled” in a metro station in St Petersburg – the home town of the Russian President. In the same city, someone carved the word “no war” into a patch of ice, which authorities later attempted to paint over.

Naylor said these brave street artists have seen their work “covered up in strange and troubling ways”. “Even a piece of text that says ‘Ukraine is not the enemy’ can simply be painted over with a picture of Russia’s ‘patriots’. a letter ‘Z’ on their work. ”

Blank board

Earlier this week, Newsweek reported that anti-war protesters were detained by police for “holding up blank posters”.

A video showing a woman being approached and escorted away by two police officers during a protest with a blank sign went viral over the weekend. “Police in Nizhny Novgorod today arrested a protester for protesting with a blank placard. Welcome to Russia in 2022,” tweeted Kevin Rothrockan editor of the independent Russian and English news site Meduza.

Rothrock also tweeted that a man was arrested in the city of Ivanovo for protesting “with a sign consisting entirely of an asterisk”.

https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/russia/956102/the-silent-protests-taking-place-in-russia Silent protests take place in Russia

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