They seem to be two completely different things: reading the constitution to draw masked riot police or naked breasts, and sharing a gay couple on Instagram. In Russia, you can go to jail for many years for two “crimes.”
This is exactly what 19-year-old Olga Misik and 27-year-old Yulia Tsvetkova expected. Misik’s speech took place this week Viral; She will hear her punishment next week.
In 2019, the rights activist, a 17-year-old girl, read the constitution to the riot police during the demonstration. Her photo is a “girl in the constitution.” She is sitting cross-legged in a bulletproof vest and reading articles about the right to peaceful protest. This photo has traveled all over the world.
Last summer, she was arrested after painting a building of the Public Prosecutor’s Office with paint. Since then, she has been under house arrest and banned from using the Internet.
Feminist artist Tsvetkova has also stayed for two years and has not communicated with the outside world. She shared pictures of naked women, a gay couple, and a baby on social media. Some drawings show genitals. Responsible for “distributing pornographic material”.
Misik faces two years in prison and Tsvetkova faces two to six years in prison. These young women belong to an increasing number of young Russian activist groups and, according to human rights organizations, are being persecuted for political reasons.
In her closing speech last week, Misik said: “From the moment I master the constitution, my future is complete. I accept this bravely.” Next Tuesday, the judge will decide how long she will actually be in prison. time.Her speech continues All the rage on social media.
Russia is very similar to Nazi Germany
Misik quoted Sophie Scholl, a German resistance fighter, in his appeal. He was convicted of treason during World War II and was beheaded at the age of 22. Misik said in court: “She was sued for pamphlets and graffiti, and I was sued for posters and paint.” “Actually, both of us are being tried for our political thoughts. My case is the same as Sophie’s case. Very similar, Russia today is very similar to Nazi Germany.”
Misik’s provocative comments were widely praised on social media. “Hero! Don’t give up” is a frequently read answer. And: “Olga’s text will be read in future textbooks” and “With such brave young people, Russia is still full of hope for the future!”.
A similar response can be read below Facebook post from Tsvetkova (Tsvetkova), posted through her mother’s account. Tsvetkova announced in the message that he will go on a hunger strike. Because although Misik’s case was filed last week, Tsvetkova has been waiting for a criminal investigation for two years.
“My life was stolen for two years because he posted on a social media. Even before I had to serve the sentence. This is hell.” Through a hunger strike, she wanted to draw all political prisoners who had been in house arrest and waited for years in prison. “My request is simple: I asked the government Come forward. Do you want to judge me? beautiful. I am ready to accept my sentence. I am not going to publish, but to conduct a quick and fair trial,” Tsvetkova wrote.
“Yulia, you are a heroine!” You can read it in the comments. And: “This is modern Russia; a young girl has more honor and dignity than the country and its security forces.”
In Russia, there is less room for disagreement, and the words of the two young ladies are different. In view of the parliamentary elections in September this year, Russian repression is increasing. For example, the organization of opposition leader Navalny has recently closed. Criticizing the media has also been blocked, and many new laws have been passed this week to facilitate the prosecution of those who sympathize with the opposition.
Putin still receives widespread support
More than 300,000 people signed the release of Misiks and Tsvetkova on the online petition. However, these types of personal protests did not seem to really trigger anything. According to the research center Levada, many young people are dissatisfied with Putin and recent developments, but the vast majority (about 65%) still support the president.
Misik and Tsvetkova do not hope that their protest will really change anything. Tsvetkova wrote: “Am I afraid of death? I think so.” “But I have nothing to lose. I have lost my job, friends and life, and only my dignity is left.”