Two Russian journalists published at least 30 articles on Monday criticizing President Vladimir Putin. Attack on Ukraine.
CNN reviewed the articles, which were removed shortly after they were published on a pro-Kremlin news site. Some portrayed Nazi Germany as the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat, while others criticized Putin for using Russia’s Victory Day to justify his violent attack on Ukraine.
Reporters Igor Polyakov and Alexandra Miroshenkova made a number of claims in their articles, including that Russian defense personnel were “lying to relatives” of those killed on the Russian Navy’s flagship in the Black Sea. He directly accused Putin of initiating one of the bloodiest wars of the 21st century.
Polyakov and Miroshnikova published on the news site Lenta.ru, “Putin and his entourage will face tribunal after the end of the war.” “Putin and his allies will not be able to justify themselves after losing this war, nor will they be able to flee.”
Critical reporting of the government in the Russian media is extremely rare – especially since the war in Ukraine began in February.
Russian Parliament Passed a law in early March. Blame it on lies about Russia’s war in Ukraine. Violation of this law can result in a fine of 1.5 million rubles (approximately 21,500) or up to 15 years in prison. Putin and state media still refer to the full-scale war in Ukraine as a “special operation.”
In March, a longtime Russian TV editor, Marina Ovysenkova, made headlines. Disruption of live broadcasts Russia’s anti-war sign on Channel 1. He was arrested and fined 30,000 rubles (approximately ً 280 at the time). Osyankova is now reporting from Russia and Ukraine for a German-owned news outlet.
Polyakov and Miroshenkova are both business editors of the pro-Kremlin Russian news site Lenta.ru. The main company of this outlet was recently bought by Sberbank of Russia.
(SBRCY)Which is subject to US sanctions for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
CNN contacted two reporters and lenta.ru for comment, but received no immediate response.
Independent Russian news site Media Zone published Polyakov and Miroshenkova’s statements after the articles were published.
“Putin is a crazy dictator,” he was quoted as saying. “Putin must go. He has started a futile war and is pushing Russia into the abyss.
Polyakov and Miroshnikova not only publicly rejected the government’s line of attack on Russia, but also accused Putin of lying about his intentions in Ukraine from the beginning.
“Putin repeatedly lied about his plans for Russia in Ukraine, first naming one goal and then totally different.” He cited Putin’s demands for “liberation of Donbass”, “de-nazisation” and “demilitarization of Ukraine”, which he cited as examples of his haste to justify an unnecessary war. Collect.
In one article, Polyakov and Miroshnikova focus on the fact that the Russian military lied to the families of Russian sailors who died on a Moscow-flagged ship. Drowned in the Black Sea. Last month.
The article claims that the Russian navy has revived old photographs of the Moscow crew to suggest that more sailors have unloaded it than it really did. “The video of the Black Sea Fleet leadership and crew members circulating by the Department of Defense after the tragedy could have been archived because a relative of the missing crew member had identified him in the video.”
CNN could not independently verify these claims.
Each article the couple posted on the site began with the same urgent request under the heading.
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The pair also appeared on Lenta.ru signing, “We are looking for work, lawyers and maybe political asylum!”
“Don’t be afraid, don’t be silent,” he continued in a clear call to action. “Resist! You are not one, you are many! The future is yours! امن Peace for Ukraine!