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The Real Russia. Today. Reporting from the regions while opposed to the war, Meta’s decline in Russia, and watching the invasion from prison: Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
In today’s newsletter:
- Latest news
- Russia’s regional journalists who oppose the war while working for the state
- What Russia’s invasion looks like from Russian prison
Major recent events in Russia and Ukraine
- 🪖 Forced to fight: Chechen anti-war bloggers and representatives of human rights organizations told the investigative outlet The Insider that since ethnic Chechens have largely been reluctant to enlist in the army and join the war in Ukraine, the authorities are coercing them with threats of torture, criminal charges, and familial shame.
- 📉 Meta’s dwindling userbase in Russia: New data from Mediascope show that the ban on Meta has reduced Instagram’s daily user base in Russia from 39 million to 11.7 million. Meanwhile, Facebook’s audience has dropped from 6.7 million users to 1.9 million. Daily use of Telegram, however, has doubled to 40 million people since February 24 (when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine).
- 🎯 Gunning for Russia’s bridge to Crimea: Ukrainian General Dmytro Marchenko says destroying the Kerch bridge is one of Kyiv’s top priorities, as it would complicate Moscow’s ability to send reserve troops through Crimea. The bridge will be “Target Number One” for the military once Ukraine gets the necessary weapons, he told journalists on Wednesday.
- 🎖️ Honor à la Putin: The Russian president awarded valor medals to soldiers in the same tank regiment that a Meduza investigation implicated in war crimes committed against civilians outside Kyiv in Bohdanivka.
- 💰 Take one for the team, guys: Russia’s central bank has urgedcredit organizations to withhold dividend payments and bonuses from senior executives in order to ensure financial stability during the Russian economy’s “structural transformation.”
- 🚧 Mighty-mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out: A new study found that the production of half of Russia’s construction materials (including bricks, tiles, porcelain, and more) is almost entirely dependent on equipment imported largely from the West.
⚙️ In Russia’s regions, journalists who oppose the war against Ukraine continue working for publications with state ties (11-min read)
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine prompted a wave of resignations from state-owned and pro-Kremlin media outlets (including TASS and RT). A few of those who resigned in protest also made public statements — like Channel One’s Marina Ovsyannikova and Lenta.ru editors Egor Polyakov and Alexandra Miroshnikova. But there is very little information about how the war has affected Russia’s regional media landscape, which is under even more active state control. That said, it’s already apparent that the repercussions for anti-war statements are more severe outside of Moscow, despite the fact that these cases draw far less attention. Together with the Novaya Vkladka project, Meduza sought out correspondents and editors from regional publications who oppose Russia’s war against Ukraine but continue to work for (or recently quit) media outlets with ties to the state.
🔭 Russian opposition figure Andrey Pivovarov on watching the war unfold from behind bars (9-min read)
In late May of last year, former Open Russia Executive Director Andrey Pivovarov was arrested and charged with “involvement in the activities of an undesirable organization” for a Facebook post that was shared in his name. Pivovarov had just boarded a plane from St. Petersburg to Warsaw when he was arrested; law enforcement delayed the plane’s departure and detained him right in Pulkovo airport. Since then, Pivovarov has been in a pre-trial detention center; the court has repeatedly extended his incarceration. He spent both the most recent State Duma election, which he ran in, and Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine behind bars. Meduza spoke to Pivovarov about what he thinks of the war, how the other inmates view it, and how it feels to spend a year in jail for a Facebook post.
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