Arshak Makichyan - a Russian climate campaigner who fled Moscow fearing for his safety - has spoken out about the scale of repression in his homeland.
The climate and anti-war activist opens up about repression in his homeland.
Arshak Makichyan felt it was too dangerous to stay in his own country with his wife Polina Oleinikova, who he fears Vladimir Putin’s forces could have targeted and tortured., the young activist – who came to prominence for Greta Thunberg-esque environmental work – says Putin’s cronies want the Russian people to ‘feel terror’.
Arshak says the war ‘cancelled’ all his eco work, but is now focussing his campaigning on pushing through an embargo on Russian fossil fuels, in a bid to end the conflict.supports HTML5 videoHe continued: ‘Before this war we had this knowledge that if you are arrested most likely you won’t be tortured, because you are a public person or whatever.Read more: Metro »
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Yes, Arshak MakichyanA: The harm & danger that Putin terrorizes Russia's citizens with to DENY them their human rights to speech, assembly, truth, free elections, a safe environment, etc. is part of his authoritarianism & WWIII on democracy & humanity!
Ukraine warns of failing peace talks with Moscow as Putin has ’playbook on murdering’UKRAINE has warned that peace talks with Russia are in danger of failing as Moscow continues to attack areas in the east of the country.
Russia-Ukraine war: Moscow forced to redeploy ‘depleted’ units in battle for east after ‘failed advances’, says UK – liveThe UK ministry of defence says Russia has had to redeploy ‘depleted and disparate units from failed advances in north-east Ukraine’ oh! come on. more propaganda.
Russia-Ukraine war: Moscow says threat of nuclear war must be kept to minimum; more evidence of Bucha atrocities reported – liveRussia’s foreign ministry says nuclear war ‘should never be unleashed’, as its forces regroup for battle for eastern Ukraine Well, that's funny coming from Russia since they're the only ones who keep talking about it. … do not trust … zero means of verification when dealing with ‘red noise’ … regardless the enemy and its co-ordinates … (apologies to actual physics & science of red noise) … Moscow is the main threat of war, we must minimize its possibilities. Even the Russians themselves are begging to be disarmed. Like maniacs who can't stop themselves, but want to be stopped.
Russia-Ukraine war: Moscow says threat of nuclear war must be kept to minimum; more evidence of Bucha atrocities reported – liveRussia’s foreign ministry says nuclear war ‘should never be unleashed’, as its forces regroup for battle for eastern Ukraine Yeah taking you long to fabricate more about Bucha. These horoscope predictions about the outcome of UkraineWar have been accurate so far. There are also predictions about the futures of Putin, Zelenskyy and any possibilities of WW3. It even has a suggestion for NATO, If even the Pentagon can't validate this (or they don't want to tell the real truth), then I can't trust anything the guardian says.
Russia-Ukraine war: Putin tried to humiliate UN, says Zelenskiy; warning of ‘catastrophe’ inside Mariupol steelworks – liveAttack during UN visit to Kyiv showed ‘efforts to humiliate’ organisation, says Zelenskiy; Mariupol commander warns of dire situation at Azovstal A clear message! Support Ukraine now! Create a no fly zone over Ukraine now or get down to history as those who let Putin winn and let the ukrainians die 😡 and Putin wont stop 😡 he has to be stopped now 😡
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Copy link Arshak Makichyan fears for activists in Russia (Picture: @makichyan.Moscow has managed to capture the city of Kherson in the south and is in control of the majority of the port city of Mariupol after a period of brutal fighting, despite some remaining resistance in a steel plant.Ukraine .Moscow believes risk of nuclear war should be kept to a minimum, Russian foreign minister says Reuters has more detail on an earlier line from a Russian foreign ministry official who said that Moscow believes the risks of nuclear war should be kept to a minimum.
arshak/Instagram) A Russian climate campaigner who fled Moscow fearing for his safety has spoken out about the scale of repression in his homeland. Arshak Makichyan felt it was too dangerous to stay in his own country with his wife Polina Oleinikova, who he fears Vladimir Putin’s forces could have targeted and tortured. Ukraine and Russia have not held face-to-face peace talks since March 29, although there have been talks by video link. Now turning his attention to opposing the war in Ukraine , the young activist – who came to prominence for Greta Thunberg-esque environmental work – says Putin’s cronies want the Russian people to ‘feel terror’. Here’s everything you might have missed: Lifting sanctions imposed on Russia is part of peace negotiations between Moscow and Ukraine , which are “not going well” but continue via videoconferencing on a daily basis, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov Lavrov said in an interview with China’s official Xinhua news agency . But Arshak believes the majority of Russians oppose the war – apart from those who are ‘stupid’ or ‘brainwashed’. Volodymr Zelensky said Putin has a"Playbook on murdering" (Image: Getty Images ) Roman Abramovich at peace talks in Istanbul last month (Image: Getty Images ) Kyiv has been particularly angry about the behaviour of Russian troops in the suburbs of the capital before Moscow’s forces withdrew, with the deaths of civilians in Bucha being the most egregious example. The 27-year-old also suggested people in the western world do not understand how hard it is to oppose a regime he now describes as a dictatorship – and says many activists fear being imprisoned or raped. The Russian foreign minister, that the danger of nuclear war was “serious”, though the US then said it did not believe there was a threat of Russia using nuclear weapons despite an escalation in Moscow’s rhetoric.
‘The worst thing could be they can arrest my wife… they were torturing people in Russia before this war and now it’s going to be worse because now we live in a dictatorship – they want people not to be afraid, they want people to (feel) terror.’ He continued: ‘Before this war we had this knowledge that if you are arrested most likely you won’t be tortured, because you are a public person or whatever. “If the US and Nato are really interested in resolving the Ukrainian crisis, then, firstly, they should change their minds and stop supplying arms and ammunition to Kyiv. ‘Now it is not working like that – they can torture you, they can they can kill you and everything can happen because the situation is completely different.’ Arshak – who considers himself a climate activist first and says his work as a social media manager is ‘just for a living’ – enjoys playing the violin in his spare time. Arshak protesting with Greta Thunberg (Picture: @makichyan. “We have serious losses, but the Russians’ losses are much much bigger … They have colossal losses,” said a Ukrainian presidential adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych. Nebytov said the men were found in shallow graves in woods near the village of Myrotske, near to former Russian military positions.
arshak/Instagram) But now he finds himself worrying about loved ones in Russia and says some friends have been arrested and detained for days just for putting up stickers or posting ‘no to war’ hashtags on social media. He believes repression in the country is not necessarily widespread, but adds: ‘It’s frustrating, because you feel that they are stronger than you because they can do whatever they want to you.’ Arshak recalls being detained ‘several times’ and faces a number of cases against him. “It’s brutality of the coldest and the most depraved sort. ‘A month before this war we went to Tbilisi in Georgia, and there was surveillances on us’, he explains. ‘It was very strange to have surveillance… I’m not (opposition leader Alexei) Navalny, I’m not that popular in Russia, but there surveillance even on us… we are just grassroots activists.
’ The activist has had various run ins with the police (Picture: @makichyan. The US did not believe the threat of Russia using nuclear weapons despite a recent escalation in Moscow’s rhetoric, a senior US defence official said.arshak/Instagram) He says going to prison is not particularly useful to the cause but most of the tools used by activist before the war, like social media, are now being shut down. Originally from Armenia, Arshak staged solo climate strikes in Moscow for weeks in 2019. But after the invasion of Ukraine, he scribbled anti-war slogans on climate stickers and later ended up arrested. The situation inside the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol was “beyond a humanitarian catastrophe”, a Ukrainian commander inside the facility said. Fearing the worst, he fled to the German capital.
Asked what western people can do to help, he suggests donating to independent media (perhaps through cryptocurrency) and sharing knowledge about resistance with people in Russia. Arshak does not believe many people in the west understand what it is like to resist Vladimir Putin (Picture: @makichyan. The president described the besieged city as a “Russian concentration camp in the middle of ruins”.arshak/Instagram) ‘It’s not that easy to fight’, he explains. ‘People in Europe, they don’t understand how it feels to live in a dictatorship, they don’t have this experience to fight an authoritarian regime. ‘When you’re going to trial and you didn’t do anything wrong but they say there is no reason not to believe the police… You can be arrested for a year or for 10 years and you don’t have the tools to defend yourself. The UK Foreign Office said it was seeking further information about the claims of their capture.
’ Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at . The US speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said it would vote to pass Joe Biden’s $33bn request for aid for Ukraine “as soon as possible”.