Stories of the People Against the War
In and Outside of Russia
To put a human face to social phenomena, we recommend you to read a few stories of real Russians against the war. Some of them are brave activists, some of them just ordinary people. In any case, they vehemently disagree with the actions of their country (and this position affected their life in one way or another).
🇷🇺 From Russia
Blanket international sanctions, while effective, locked countless pro democratic people inside Russia, sentencing them to persecution or jailing. Families were divided by closed borders, visas policies disregard at risk individuals and dissidents, their economic help dried up. These people need our attention and support now.
We lost the chance to choose our future
My wish is to give my children greater opportunities. My name is Zhanna. At the moment I am in Russia with my family. We are among those ...
Some unknown people tried to take me and the children “to the police, because we’re all terrorists”
I am from Brest, Belarus. My entire childhood was spent in a country where people were afraid to discuss politics and speak the truth out...
In Russia, a human life is worth nothing
I had a very ordinary life I am 44 years old, an art historian by profession. I was born and raised in the Tver province. I received my e...
I will also have to censor myself
I am an artist and a queer. I would like to tell my story as part of the overall Russian context. I will also have to censor myself. Neit...
I realized that I would have to set aside my dream
I am just finishing school My story isn’t written to admonish or as a call to action. This is my personal tragedy that I would like to sh...
Staying here, in Russia, is suicidal
Out of the public sphere, yet against the war My story is hardly unique. I don’t go to protests, I’m out of the public sphere, I’m not on...
✈️ From abroad
With the onset of the war in Ukraine, Russia turned from oppressive to dictatorial. Those who escaped were lucky, but their families remain at risk. Like all refugees, they need homes, jobs and integration, they need our help. Yet, they carry the stigma of being Russian – even if they fled precisely because they were against Putin.
It wasn't a relocation, it was an escape
I moved to the Czech Republic in 2013. There may be nothing special in my story, but thanks to that I am finally here. I graduated from ...
To be with your loved one is everybody's right
Studuing in the Czech Republic Now I am studying at the language preparatory courses of the Czech language in Poděbrady. I am preparing f...
In February I returned to Russia. Three weeks later war broke out.
Seven years ago I left St. Petersburg to study at the conservatory in Germany. In February 2022 I returned to Russia. Three weeks later, ...
Mikhail, 27, musician
How can it all fit in one head?
I am a playwright, poet, novelist, author of 22 books on NLP and the psychology of human relationships. I am 43. Wife, mother of two chil...
The victor isn’t the smartest, the bravest, the most privileged—the victor is the most stubborn.
Yuma is an LGBTQ+ activist and feminist. In 2021, BBC included her to the list of “100 Influential Women'' from around the world. In Russ...
To be apart in the united Europe
I am in Poland, my children - in the Czech Republic I am 27 years old, a Russian citizen. I have a university degree. I have a husband an...
In spite of everything, there were, are and will be people in Russia who fight against the criminal regime and publicly oppose the war. These people are ready to give their freedom and even their lives so that their country finally becomes free.
...No one could ever imagine that literally tomorrow you would have to turn your life around 180 degrees and leave for a foreign country.
Katya and Dima (names changed) are engaged. They met during a course of anatomy at the medical school, where they are still studying. Kat...
Katya and Dima
...do not give up and do not despair, do what you think is the right thing to do. Russia will definitely be free.
Note: the opinion and word choice in the interview may not coincide with the opinion of the editors. Adnrey is coordinator of the Czech ...
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