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It is not every day that the Russian team of patriots and TV propagandists attack something native, but Yekaterinburg has touched them.

While the anti-war movement in Russia is visually disappointing for the Western world, for which protests mean tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of marchers in the streets, the sense of protest is there, probably more than anyone knows, and is looking for corners that can exist in.

It could be messages secretly placed where price tags hang in stores, or graffiti etched somewhere in the darkness of night.

Russia’s fourth largest city, Yekaterinburg, turns out to be relatively the highest place when it comes to opposing the war in Ukraine.

The former Soviet industrial capital Ural, home of the late President Boris Yeltsin, was nicknamed the “Center for Disgusting Liberalism” by Vladimir Solovyev, one of Russia’s most pugilistic experts.

And Ekat, as the locals affectionately call him, fought back.

Journalist Anna Zafesova spoke with Fox News’ Amy Kellogg about anti-war efforts in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

“There was a revolt in the population. It started with stickers and t-shirts. The slogan has become a kind of slogan, “explains journalist Anna Zafesova, who follows Yekaterinburg’s policy closely. “Then the local parliament, the majority of which consists of members of the United Russia (Putin’s party), passed a resolution that state television should essentially shut down Soloviev.”

Zafesova says what made Soloviev angry was the behavior of the city’s students. She says 600 universities have put their names on a signature collection to get rid of a banner with the letter “Z” on it. “Z”, written on Russian tanks, apparently to distinguish them from Ukrainian tanks, has become a pro-war symbol. Then dozens of people walked out of a conference that was supposed to be filled with propaganda about Ukraine and NATO.


Protests are creative.

“Yesterday, owners of cars with Z-tags found their tires punctured. And we’re talking about dozens of cars.”

80-year-old women have been arrested for holding peace signs.

A famous runner receives hate messages on social media after wearing a t-shirt during a recent marathon. And a single mother, saleswoman Nadezhda Saifutdinova, was almost forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital after literally sewing her mouth and holding a “We can not keep quiet” sign.

She was a granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Ukrainians and told me that she had never been politically active in her life, but what was happening in Ukraine pressured her to act.


She said she was afraid to stick a needle in her lip, but she thought about the pain Ukrainians feel. And not just Ukrainians.

“It was very painful for me to see how people are suffering and to see what is happening to my country, the opinion people have about my country. I feel like a hostage of my government. For me, it is painful to see pictures of young men – eighteen, nineteen, twenty years old… soldiers who die in this particular operation. And young men, practically children, die there too. ”

Saitfutdinova is surprised that she lasted almost an hour on a busy shopping street before being arrested, and begged if a member of law enforcement could have found her statement convincing.

She says tears streamed down her face as she got up. People asked if they could kiss her.

Saifutdinova is self-proclaimed loner and says she has new friends from it all. People reached out through his family and social media.

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s full invasion of Ukraine just eight months after TIME magazine reported that President Biden was ready to take on the Russian leader.
(Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

But do not think that Ekat is a city on the brink of revolution.

Yekaterinburg has a strong pro-Putin and pro-war faction.

The billionaire owner of Sima-Land, an online mega-store selling lots of Chinese goods, produced smooth music and video, a kind of demonstration in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the beginning of the war.


And Urazvagonzavod, said to be the world’s largest producer of tanks, based nearby, has apparently just sent a train of new tanks to Ukraine. The floats received a formal blessing from an Orthodox priest before departure and were apparently filled with troop support leaflets and drawings made by factory employees.

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