- An English language teacher in Russia was punished for telling her student that Ukraine is not part of Russia.
- “It’s as if they’ve all plunged into some kind of madness,” Marina Dubrova told the New York Times.
- Putin spoke last month in favor of “self-cleansing of society,” referring to those who oppose the war.
A teacher in Russia says she was expelled and fined after she turned to authorities over comments she made to students about Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Marina Dubrova said New York times She showed her eighth-grade class a YouTube video with an anti-war message. Then a group of girls asked her about the war.
“Ukraine is a separate country,” Dobrova, an English teacher on the Russian island of Sakhalin, told the girls. One of the girls replied: “No longer.”
The Times reported that Russian police arrived at her school days later, and a recording of her comments, apparently by a student, was shown in court.
She told The Times that she was fined $400 for “publicly defaming Russian forces” and fired by the school for “immoral behaviour”. When Dubrova spoke of the Russians’ support for the war, she said, “It is as if they have all plunged into some kind of madness.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin noted last month Russia must undergo a purification of society To uproot those who oppose the war or ally with the West.
“The collective West is trying to scatter our society, speculating on military losses, socio-economic effects of sanctions, in order to provoke a popular rebellion in Russia,” Putin said. He said in the title of the video.
“But any people, the Russian people in particular, are able to distinguish between true patriots, scoundrels and traitors and will spit them out,” he said, referring to people who do not support the Kremlin.
“I am certain that this necessary and natural self-purification of society will only strengthen our country, our solidarity, our solidarity and our readiness to respond to any calls for action,” he added.
more than 4,300 anti-war protesters in Russia during protests across the country from early March.
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