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Russians shunned and made silent

Over a few days, we have to face that it was one year ago that Russia did what it said never to do. For months, the Russian government told the citizens of the federation it was going to liberate the Ukrainians of Neo-Nazis and corrupt leaders.

As the months of 2022 wore on, and it became increasingly clear that Russia was not really maintaining aid organisations in Ukraine, as Putin claimed, more Russians worried about what was really going on.

But soon those who questioned Putin‘s actions had to find that it was best not to make their opinions public. For all those who dared to publicly protest against the invasion of Ukraine or stand up against Putin’s policies were imprisoned or very strangely expelled from this globe.

For several reporters, philosophers, and oligarchs living inside as well as outside the Russian Federation, it became clear that Putin was about more than ridding Ukraine of so-called fascists. It also quickly became clear that Putin was after more than just Crimea or the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Those who expressed their thoughts on this were quickly gagged by the Kremlin’s secret service agents or by Russian police forces.

Last year alone, among as many as 20 high-profile Russian tycoons – many of them critics of Moscow and, in some cases, of Russian President Vladimir Putin himself – were to die in unusual circumstances since the Ukraine invasion began last February.

More deaths appeared under the Russian citizens also by those who claimed to be a patriot who supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But for Putin, it was not done to criticize his plans or to dispute the number of dead soldiers.

Mid December Russian-American journalist Julia Ioffe told a US radio station that “pretty big” air quotes should be used around the idea of the run of fatalities were “coincidences”.

“If anything, it has become even more dangerous, domestically and abroad, for Russian oligarchs to oppose Vladimir Putin, to speak out against him. And Vladimir Putin seems to be making that very clear with a string of these coincidences,”

she told Texas Public Radio.

So we can say that we have returned to the Stalin years for today’s Russia, where the shrewd dictator is very handy at finding out what others think of his policies. He too, does not shy away from inviting people to dinner, to find out what they actually think. Afterwards, he can then have those who don’t like him liquidated.

Besides those who want to say their thoughts about the war, it has also become more difficult to speak out about the otherness of others.

While the war is raging, a handful of brave activists in Russia, continue to defend LGBT+ people and queer rights under increasingly hostile and dangerous conditions. In several eastern European countries, we notice the adversity against people who are different from the mainstream. In fact, several authorities are finding ways to shut down human rights and LGBT+ organisations that are opposing hateful politics and actions against queer people.

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LGBT in Chechnya – Activists enact a scene of Chechen mothers mourning their children,

On April 21st, a court in Russia might decide to liquidate Charitable Foundation Sphere, an organisation operating all the programs of the Russian LGBT Network, the largest Russian queer group. It is this group that evacuated dozens of people during the anti-LGBT+ crackdown in Chechnya that began in 2017. At that time anti-gay purges in Chechnya in the Chechen Republic, a part of the Russian Federation, have included forced disappearances — secret abductions, imprisonment, torture — and extrajudicial killing by authorities targeting persons based on their perceived sexual orientation, primarily gay men. At least 2 of the 100 people, whom authorities detained on suspicion of being gay or bisexual, have reportedly died after being held in what human rights groups and eyewitnesses have called concentration camps.

Today, all those opposing Putin and his policy or who are defending gay people are put together in such concentration camps. Although homosexuality was legalized in Russia in 1993 the last few years the government liked it very much that several groups attacked gay people so that those attacked could be imprisoned for aggression or violence. It is still so that gay people who reveal their sexuality are often discriminated against and shunned by their families.

For Vladimir Putin we are facing a coming decade which will be the “most dangerous” since the end of the Second World War. In October last year he was accusing the West of seeking to dominate the world and that the situation is

“to a certain extent revolutionary”

he told members of the annual Valdai Discussion Club.

Moscow City Duma Deputy Andrey Medvedev in November called for the total

liquidation of Ukrainian statehood in its current form.”

But several Russians do not want to see such a liquidation of a state of their brothers. It alsobothers them that the Russian government does not want to provide medicines for the ravaged areas. Many are becoming to find the human cost of this ‘Russian operation’ is much too high.

Russian construction workers have started the complete dismantling of the Azovie neighborhood of Russia-occupied Mariupol, including unbroken houses, to build “elite” homes, according to Petro Andryshchenko, an advisor to the city’s mayor.

The people who dare to speak about Russian war crimes are also in danger to be caught. In Rusland it may not be said that the Russian military has already committed 66,743 war crimes and crimes of aggression in Ukraine since the start of Russia’s all-out war.

Due to Western-imposed sanctions, popular foreign companies have left the Russian market, pushing Russian residents to order goods online from abroad. Meanwhile, Russians themselves started leaving their country amid military subscription: 9,7 million people left Russia in July-September, 12% more than during the same period a year before.

The Russian LGBT Network has been around for more than 15 years. They help provide legal and psychological assistance to LGBT+ people across the country, support various initiatives and organizations, lend emergency assistance in crisis situations, and engage in monitoring and advocacy. Shutting them down will leave those who rely on our assistance without support.

Your signature will help raise awareness about their case.



  1. The one who claimed he was not planning an invasion in Ukraine
  2. Russian government planning a “false-flag” operation
  3. Lisa Rozner reports how Russian troops have begun moving into Ukraine
  4. USSR – USA – Cold-, Hot Wars and memorandi
  5. Ukraine keeps standing strong despite Russian predictions
  6. People in Ukraine standing up to Russian troops – BBC News
  7. Zelenskiy: Russia aims to obliterate Ukraine
  8. Adar Aleph the month Russia invaded Ukraine
  9. Putin Lies And Manipulates History To Gain Domestic And International Support For His Military Buildup On The Ukrainian Border
  10. On Quora: Is it true that Ukraine is overrun with Neo-Nazis?
  11. Has Ukraine become a Symbol of ‘Freedom’
  12. Deceived Russian boys and mothers
  13. Does the population of Russia know what the Russian soldiers are doing in Ukraine
  14. Has Russia already started World War Three?
  15. Russian Protestants and a conflict of fratricide
  16. Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches and synagogues feeling pressure from above
  17. Putin was so afraid of the democracy that was beginning to flourish in Ukraine that he decided to invade Ukraine
  18. Russia War Crimes document circulating in EU, opposed by ICC chief prosecutor
  19. Put Putin on trial!
  20. Russia not at war with Ukraine claims Kremlin hardliner
  21. Russia-Ukraine war: the vulnerabilities of strategic thinking in Europe
  22. The Week of 2022 September 26 – October 02
  23. At the borders of the EU, Fighting a war against Russia


Additional reading

  1. Putin’s ‘staged atrocity’ plan to justify Russian invasion of Ukraine
  2. Watch Crisis in Crimea & Ukraine – talk from 2014!
  3. Putin’s Moves Toward War in Ukraine Show How Dangerous He Has Become
  4. Russia-Ukraine war: Putin lays waste to cities
  5. Surrounded by war crimes performing Russians
  6. Build-up of Russian arms and military posturing
  7. Signs of the Times – “Distress of nations …”
  8. Ukraine war is veering fast towards a big power conflict
  9. Russia vows to target British weapons as UK missile downs helicopter
  10. Ukraine update 21 April 2022
  11. Pledges to send more military assistance to Ukraine and Russian warnings
  12. Signs of the Times – Tensions between Russia and Israel
  13. Ukraine 2022 update end of April
  14. Ukraine – What we know & What can we do
  15. Signs of the Times – On manoeuvres
  16. Restrictions in Russia because of sanctions from the West for peace mission in Ukraine.
  17. Putin puts Russia’s nuclear force on high alert
  18. Northern Hemisphere time of Spring & War in Ukraine
  19. A letter from Kyiv
  20. Appeal by the independent labor unions of Ukraine
  21. Liz Truss: We may support a tribunal to try Putin over war in Ukraine



  1. Putin | Russia
  2. 24 June 2020 – Putin’s daughters
  3. Did Putin Just Upend the Entire Political Landscape? (Video)
  4. Putin’s Now Purged the West from the Kremlin
  5. Why did Putin resign the government? (Video with English subtitles)
  6. Ex-Putin adviser Chubais reported to be in a European hospital
  7. Battle rages in Ukrainian town; Russia shakes up its military
  8. Rifts in Russian military command seen amid Ukraine fighting
  9. Russia, Belarus launch joint air force drills
  10. Russia official warns West of destruction for arming Ukraine
  11. Navalny supporters put replica cell outside Russian embassy
  12. Ukrainian forces pull back from Donbas town after onslaught
  13. Brutality of Russia’s Wagner gives it lead in Ukraine war
  14. Hungary’s Orban: Ukraine’s backers have drifted into war

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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