r/worldnews Sep 22 '22 Silver 2 Helpful 4 Wholesome 7 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Take My Energy 1 Take My Power 1

Zelenskyy calls on Russians to 'protest' and 'fight back' against Putin's draft if they 'want to survive' Russia/Ukraine

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u/sanguine_sea Sep 23 '22

My fiance is stuck in Moscow as we cannot get her visa renewal approved. Now things are looking more hopeless than ever. She is all alone because everyone around her believes the propoganda.

She told me today she is starting to question whether there is something wrong with her because she doesn't feel the way everyone else does...I am her only real connection to the outside world, other than her VPN which she uses to see what's really going on.

I don't know what to do, I have contacted my local MP but I feel so helpless. She has fallen out with family and friends because she vehemently disagrees with the regime, but everyone around is drinking the kool aid and spew "facts" she can't refute, because she doesn't have them memorized and ready to fire off.

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u/FactoidFinder Sep 23 '22

Just tell her to agree in public. It’s not worth being arrested for. Hope she stays safe.

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u/ZestyPossum Sep 23 '22

Yep, that's the right way to go about things. My husband is of Russian and Ukranian background, and still has extended family over in Russia. They certainly don't agree with the war or like Putin, but they keep their mouths shut. Here are some examples of why:

His uncle was discussing his thoughts on the war (anti-war) with a colleague at lunch one day. Somehow got back to his boss, who said that if he talked about that again he would lose his job.

One of his cousin's friends was arrested at an anti-war protest. Wasn't jailed, but heavily fined. Police informed his employer, he subsequently lost his job. Can't get another one because he's "in the system" having being arrested at an anti-government protest.