At least six Russians arrested while attending makeshift memorials to the late opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died in prison in Russia on Feb. 16, were given military draft notices upon their release from custody, local Russian media reported on Feb. 21.

  • @[email protected]
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    203 months ago

    Once they get handed a loaded riffle, we’ll see what they dislike more: Russian authority or Ukrainians. My guess is they’ll fall in line like most of their countrymen.

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      243 months ago

      Supporting Navalny and disagreeing with the invasion of Ukraine, especially to the point of armed rebellion, aren’t really the same thing.

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        93 months ago

        Although this is true, there had already been a number of defectors and ones that fired their teammates on the Russian side. Arming upset and non-complying people doesn’t look like a clever idea, but it would not stand out amongst the other ideas here

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    173 months ago

    I feel like the smart thing would be to just let them have their memorials but quash any unrest, and any momentum from Navalny’s martyrdom would peter out after a few months. I guess authoritarians just get itchy if they’ve gone too long without putting their boot on someone’s neck.