A Russian politician who opposed his country’s invasion of Ukraine has been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. Newsweek Cited and reported RIA Novosti. Viktor Kamenshev, a former member of the Communist Party who served as deputy to the Vladivostok Duma (parliament) in the administrative center of Primorsky in Russia’s Far East, was probably detained for crossing the border illegally.
Such as NewsweekMr Kamenshev, listed as an “active deputy”, has not attended a Duma meeting since late February when he publicly opposed the invasion of Ukraine, known as a “special military operation” in Russia. On February 27, the 31-year-old even filed a petition to leave the Communists after his party recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
Afterwards, Mr. Kamenshev said, “I do not agree with the position of the party leadership in supporting the military operation in Ukraine and the use of Russian troops in the territory of the neighboring state.” “I am against war in principle,” he added.
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In the days that followed, Russian politicians then claimed that political leaders, including members of his party, had tricked deputies into voting for military aggression. Mr Kamenshev claimed that Communist Party leader Gennady Zuganov and the late ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LPDR) leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky already knew about President Vladimir Putin’s war plans.
Russians who oppose the ongoing war in Ukraine are at risk of arrest and imprisonment. Russia’s parliament has passed a law that would allow citizens who spread “false” information about the military to face up to 15 years in prison.
However, Mr Kamenshev said that most Russians do not realize that by remaining silent they increase their long-term damage. Such as NewsweekHe says any failure by the people to oppose the war means that they are there for it and that they and Russia have to “pay the price for 5, 10, 20 years for all that horror today.” “Don’t call me a hero because I’m out of the team,” he said.
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Meanwhile, referring to Mr. Kamenshev’s detention on the U.S.-Mexico border, Anatoly Dolgachev, the first secretary of the Primorsky regional branch of the Communist Party, allegedly said that the last task for a communist is to flee to the United States, which is imperialist. The party opposes the policy.