6th of March, 2022. International News. Russia/Ukraine WarLast updated: March 6, 2022 at 17:10 pm
While it is unlikely that a civil war might break out in Russia, it is not impossible. Tensions are high across the entire country with, speculatively, most of the population unhappy with the Ukraine invasion which has caused pro-war and anti-war polarization across Russia. Most Russians do not want a war with Ukraine, but all Russians are now starting to feel the brunt of international sanctions which have only just started to unleash its effects.
Since the war began on February, 24th, 2022, there have been protests across Russia even in big cities such as St. Petersburg. But for the first time, the protests have reached Moscow – the capital of Russia.
Those fighting the protests are mostly Russian security personnel hired by the Kremlin, but this does not mean that they are supportive of Putin’s invasion. Chances are, they too are against the war but are simply following orders for fear of reprisal.
Videos coming out of Russia show police arresting and beating Russian anti-war protestors in Moscow, St. Petersburg and many other cities across Russia. We must understand that these security personnel are working for a salary and trying to put food on the table. Some even fear the punishment which might result if they break the command chain, but the minute these security workers lay down their arms and say no to Putin, the war with Ukraine ends. Unfortunately, the chances of that ever happening are microscopic as such acts are usually punished with execution, torture, and imprisonment, and people who rebel usually do not get the backup they need to make their sacrifice successful.
Sources inside Russia said that over 4,500 protestors across 63 cities have been detained across Russia over the last two days, and over 13,000 anti-war protestors have been detained since the war began on February, 24th.