The president of the Russian chamber of deputies proposed to withdraw citizenship from “traitors” who oppose the war

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with State Duma Chairman Viacheslav Volodin (REUTERS) (SPUTNIK/)

The Chairman of the Russian Duma or Chamber of Deputies, Viacheslav Volodin, today proposed to deprive of citizenship the “traitors” who oppose the Russian “special military operation” in Ukraine.

“Unfortunately, for those ‘Russian citizens’ there is no procedure of deprivation of citizenship and prohibition to enter our country. But surely it would be the right thing to do, ”he wrote on his Telegram channel.

Volodin alluded to those who “in a low and treacherous way” they make statements about a supposed “fight for peace”, but that, in their opinion, they are simply actors in montages created by the NATO countries.

Once their role has been fulfilled, they receive US “State Department Cookies”he added.

According to the head of the Duma, this is the case of the Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikovawhat discontinued in mid-March the main public television news program with anti-war proclamations.

Moment in which Marina Ovsyánnikova bursts into the camera frame with a banner that reads
Moment in which Marina Ovsyánnikova bursts into the camera frame with a banner that reads “No to war” in English followed by the text in Russian “Stop the war. Do not believe the propaganda. They are lying to you here”, during the broadcast of the news about Russia on Channel One (Channel One / via REUTERS) (CHANNEL ONE /)

As learned today, Ovsyánnikova will work for free for the German newspaper Die Welt with coverage in Russia and Ukraine.

“Now he will work for one of the NATO countries, he will justify the supply of weapons to the Ukrainian neo-Nazis, the sending of mercenaries who will fight against our soldiers and officers, and he will defend the imposition of sanctions against Russia,” he denounced.

Volodin wondered: “What would have happened if that had happened in the US? In the best of cases they would have turned her into a plague with the loss of all rights and possibilities.

Ovsyannikova, editor of the Channel 1interrupted the live broadcast of the nightly news (Vremya) on March 14 by making proclamations and brandishing a poster against the Russian military offensive in Ukraine.

“Not to the war. End the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. Here they are lying to you. Russians against the warread the sign.

The Russian Justice found the journalist guilty for organizing or holding a public event without notification and fined him 30,000 rubles ($277).

Punish critics of the war

Vladimir Kara-Murza
Kara-Murza affirms that he was poisoned twice, in 2015 and 2017, because of his political activities (Al Drago / The New York Times) (AL DRAGO /)

Vladimir Kara-Murza, one of the main opponents of the Kremlin and its offensive in Ukraine who still lives in Russia, was arrested on Monday near his home, his lawyer said.

“I found out about his arrest less than 10 minutes ago, I will join him,” lawyer Vadim Prokhorov told the news agency. interface.

The reasons for the arrest were not immediately known and there was no immediate comment from authorities, but Kara-Murza has repeatedly criticized Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.

Russian authorities have recently tightened the screws on critics of the military operation. Publishing information about the military considered false by the government is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The Russian intervention has been accompanied by a total repression in Russia, with the arrest of thousands of protesters, as well as the closure of NGOs, independent media outlets and several social networks.

Kara-Murza, 40, is a former journalist close to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated near the Kremlin in 2015, and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former ligarch turned critic of President Vladimir Putin.

Kara-Murza claims he was poisoned twice, in 2015 and 2017, because of his political activities.

Despite the incidents he continues to live in Russia, where many opposition figures have gone into exile, especially after the jailing last year of Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s leading critic.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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