Russia, a dictatorship, is trying to topple Ukraine, a sovereign nation.”
One student questioned the teacher’s statement and recorded it. When the data was delivered to the police, the teacher was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, suspended, for defaming the military.
There has been a series of snitching by ordinary citizens in Russia, with students accusing teachers and online comments reported to the authorities via a communications application. According to Russia’s Agency for Supervision of Telecommunications, Information Technology, and Media, the number of reports to the authorities in the six months following the invasion of Ukraine is estimated to have reached approximately 145,000.
In March of 2010, right after the invasion of Ukraine, a law was passed in Russia to crack down on fake news and slander against the military. If it is deemed to have a serious impact on society, it can be punishable by up to 15 years in prison. There is a growing momentum among citizens to snitch on people who make anti-war statements, and there have been a number of accusations through “snitch apps” in addition to actually reporting them to the police.
Russia has a dark history of the Soviet era, when the government’s secret police detained dissidents and imposed harsh sentences on them. People whose phone calls were tapped and who were deemed “dangerous” were tortured and sent to “Rageri (concentration camps),” where they were held in the bitter cold of minus 20 degrees Celsius. In addition to being forced to do hard labor in the bitter cold of minus 20 degrees Celsius, many people were forced to live in crude wooden buildings and were given little food. Russia seems to be reverting back to those dark days,” said a reporter stationed in Moscow for a national newspaper.
The Fate of the Girl Who Wrote “Against War
The incident in which a 12-year-old girl, Ms. A, was taken into police custody sent shockwaves throughout the country and abroad.
The incident occurred in April 2010. According to OVD-Info, a Russian human rights monitoring organization, a school in western Tula instructed its students to draw a picture in art class that praised the invasion of Ukraine, and Ms. A rebelled, adding the words “against war” to her picture.
After receiving a report from the art teacher, the police took Ms. A into custody and immediately placed her in a children’s shelter. The police immediately took Mr. A into custody and placed him in a child protection facility. The uproar did not end there. When the police questioned Ms. A’s father, they found out that he had posted criticism of the invasion of Ukraine on the Internet. The father also protested against his daughter’s drawings, saying, ‘What’s the problem?
(The same) (Aforementioned) “School, work, home. Russian citizens are under surveillance at school, at work, at home, and everywhere else. In some cases, it seems that children snitch on their parents. People are becoming suspicious, unable to trust anyone, and society is becoming shrouded in darkness.