April 11, 2022

47th day of the war

Before the beginning  of the war I started my day of scrolling Instagram or FB.

Now I start and end my day with YouTube. I follow “Popular politics”, Живой гвоздь (Live Nail), Yuri Shvets,  Maйкл Наки (Michael Naki), ICTV TV Channel, Alexey Arestovich, Ivan Yakovina, Dmitry Gordon. I listen to the opinions of Valery Solovey (political scientist), Dmitry Potapenko (businessman and economist) and Grigory Yudin (political scientist) and others.

It’s getting a little overwhelming.

I am confused about the channels, ranks/ specialties of the guests, I no longer remember which Minister of Military Affairs of Russia was a simple driver during his service in the army. But I watch/listen and try to figure it out.

Journalists-presenters of these channels urge people to share their videos, discuss the situation with friends and relatives, and try to tell the truth about the war.

I can tell you something, it’s pointless.

Russian propaganda works very well.

The last example is my sister. Don’t take me wrong, I love my sister and only I can criticize her. Maybe I would have the same point of view if I still lived in Russia. 

Anyway, she said the refugees did not like the housing that the Russian authorities provided them. That was shown on TV.

Well, the Russian troops destroyed their houses, so Russia should provide them something decent –  I told her.

And here we go again…she repeated what she heard on TV:

Zelensky is a criminal who fled to Poland from the war. The United States has supplied Ukraine with weapons and wants to divide everyone and everything (the country of Russia and its allies), Ukraine is part of Russia (really? Obviously not anymore, as well as Finland), foreigners are fighting on the side of Ukrainians and killing civilians, and Ukraine itself is shooting at its own citizens and destroying cities, and so on.

And my sister has told me several times that she doesn’t want this war, she wants everything to go back to normal. But she still doesn’t understand that nothing will be normal for all of us for a long time.

And if Ukraine gets help, Russia will not.

As I have already said, the propaganda machine in Russia works very, very well. 

Once I tried to share a video interview with the author Boris Akunin (it has an English subtitle) on the Russian social media Odnoklassniki (similar to FB).  But the website didn’t let me do that.  

I guess I should give up on it and focus on something different. 

Meanwhile, in Тomsk…

-Parents buried their son Maxim Peskov. He graduated from the Tomsk Cadet School. Maxim died during a “special operation” in Ukraine. 

I’m sure he is not the only one, but it was officially in the news.

-The Ministry of Justice has entered the Tomsk writer Andrey Filimonov in the register of foreign agents.  Honestly, I’ve never heard of him. But the Tomsk telegram channel said he is the author of books of poetry and prose and worked on local TV channels, including TV-2 (this one no longer  exists).

-Instead, a website (to report enemies and traitors) launched by The Fair Russia Party came into operation. Marina Dubrova, a teacher, was fined $400 for “publicly discrediting” Russian forces and fired by the school for “amoral behavior.”

The article from Yahoo news is here

-The speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin proposed to deprive citizenship and prohibit entry to Russia to those who “behave treacherously” and make statements about a special operation in Ukraine. Most likely he was referring to the former  employee of the First Channel Marina Ovsyannikova, who will now work in the publication Die Welt (German daily newspaper).

-Inflation in Tomsk is growing. Tomatoes, sugar, and onions have gone up a lot, as well as LED lamps, gold wedding rings and vacuum cleaners. Holidays in Turkey became more expensive by 84.5%. 

Well, it’s war after all. 

-However, life goes on. On Sunday, an ice drift began in Tomsk. My son sent a short video taken on Monday evening – there is almost no ice already.

I continue to listen to sociologists, political scientists, and historians. I want someone smart to tell me – how we got to this situation, what to do and when it all ends.

I wish you all spring and good news.




Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

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