Just a quickie today. This story illustrates the fact that Russian armed forces must deal with disgruntled employees, some of them apparently even in high positions, within territories liberated/occupied (depending on one’s POV) by the Russians. The reporter is Dmitry Zubarev. One may recall the horrors of WWII and the post-war period, when entire nations and ethnic groups were forcibly moved from one place to another. Compared to that, this is fairly small potatoes. But one should expect more “moving around” of peoples as the war progresses and regions are consolidated.
Yesterday (Saturday) in the territory of Russian-controlled Zaporozhie, four persons were escorted to the Ukrainian border, given a stern warning, and then released into the wild. These four had been “conducting pro-Ukrainian propaganda, were trying to disrupt the educational process in Melitopol schools, and were also interfering in the process of local citizens trying to cooperate with the new administration of the region.” Their punishment was ostracism and deportation.
The reporter does not name names, but apparently one of the deported guys must have been highly placed, because “he was using administrative resources to conduct unsanctioned meetings, was offering financial support to mass media which propagandized terrorist and diversionary activities in the region.”
A second deported fellow was said to have been conducting activities aimed at destabilizing public security. These people, in other words, were either terrorists themselves, or enabling terrorists.
Russian security forces led these four people to the farthest checkpoint, read out to them why they were being expelled (i.e., gave them a stern lecture), and then released them on foot to go whither they will. I am pretty sure that, if the roles had been reversed, they would have been shot dead.
The final paragraph of the article ends on a more sinister note, with the information that over 130 collaborators of the Ukrainian SBU and armed forces have been detained, in the Kherson region, by the Russian National Guard.