THIS MESSAGE (MATERIAL) IS CREATED AND (OR) DISTRIBUTED BY A FOREIGN MASS MEDIA PERFORMING THE FUNCTIONS OF A FOREIGN AGENT AND (OR) A RUSSIAN LEGAL ENTITY PERFORMING THE FUNCTIONS OF A FOREIGN AGENT.
In the first two weeks of the war in Ukraine, the Russian authorities unleashed an unprecedented campaign of pressure on Russians opposed to the war. After the outbreak of hostilities, the State Duma in record time passed a law banning public “discredit” of the actions of the armed forces, effectively outlawing any statements that differ from the official point of view on a “special military operation.” In parallel, the authorities began to block social networks and independent media, violently disperse protests and put pressure on people who oppose the war through the organizations in which they work. The OVD-Info project analyzed the repressive campaign in detail in the report “No to War. How the Russian authorities are fighting anti-war protests,” Meduza briefly retells the main points from there.