People who live in Siberia, Russia must have strong wills to remain in such a cold desolate spot on this Earth. Three Parliament members, all Communists from Siberia, typically stand behind Russian President Vladimir Putin. But not now.
Technically they are from the opposing party, but they have traditionally supported Putin. These Parliamentarians are members of the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, the Duma. At last someone from the Russian government is critical of the Ukrainian war.
Criticism of the Russian president has just not been done as Putin continued to lead from his expanding isolation over the past 22 years. The COVID pandemic made it worse.When Putin invaded Ukraine all that changed. He just took out a TV communications tower and continues to bomb women, children, and men over 60-years-old with bombs banned across the globe.
One senator from Siberia Vyacheslav Markhaev wrote this on his Facebook Page Sunday about “Two separatist enclaves as republics,” according to The New York Times:
‘[W]e hid plans to unleash a full-scale war with our closest neighbor.’
He used to vote with most of the Duma majority. He even voted to recognize the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic. Then, Markhaev learned about the full-out war Putin launched in Ukraine. He had been under the impression that the troops were peacekeepers. So, the violent invasion “shocked” him:
‘As a Russian intellectual, I am convinced that military force should be used in politics only as a last resort.’
Siberian Communist member Oleg Smolin was also against the war. He wrote on his Vkontakte social media profile:
‘I could not vote for the recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics without betraying myself.’
The third Communist deputy, from the Samara region, Mikhail Matveyev wrote on his Facebook page:
‘Dear friends, It is sad to watch what is happening around Ukraine, and it hurts my soul, imagining where our world and the whole world way of life can slide …’
‘First of all, I would like to note that we have ratified the recognition of the people’s republics of the DNR and LNR. For 8 whole years the world community did not notice the ongoing genocide of the peoples of these regions, the Western media did not notice lawlessness, violation of the principles of democracy and human rights in general. The most unpleasant thing about this is that the leadership of Ukraine itself turned a blind eye to this, placing false and distorted accents at the behest of the West. US’
And it continued in Russian. He also wrote on Telegram:
‘Kremlin towerless When some channels lustfully write that the largest oligarchs
and businessmen will have a difficult conversation with Vladimir Putin tonight and that, among other things, they will “ground.”‘
In addition, he placed a post on Twitter. But he decided to delete his tweet, allegedly because retweets generated unwanted attention. But if that was so, why did he keep his comments on other platforms? He wrote:
‘[From] across the world, most often anonymously, to incite mutual hatred. I just don’t have the time to delete hate comments created as part of the information war.’
Generally, Matveyev has been for peace. But he wanted to separate himself from someone who:
‘[Shoots] our soldiers in the back while they are fighting where the politicians have sent them. Ukraine is my Motherland.’
In addition, another group went against Putin for invading Ukraine:
‘Dozens of public figures and celebrities, including billionaires, TV anchors and sports stars, some of whom were even considered to be pro-Kremlin, have made their anti-war sentiments clear.’
Watch this space.
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