What do Russians think of the war in Ukraine?

The Bolshoi Theatre is illuminated in the colours of Russian national flag during the light show to celebrate Russia Day in Moscow, Russia June 12, 2022. [Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters]

Five months ago, Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then, we have heard President Vladimir Putin’s claim on the country and his pledge to fight Nazis there but what do Russians think? We hear from some voices you may not have heard from before: one Russian “Super Putin” fan and creator and another who is wholly against the war.

In this episode: 

  • Niko Vorobyov (@Narco_Polo420), freelance journalist covering Russia
  • Sergey Kalenik (@SergeyKalenik), public relations specialist in Russia
  • Ilya Matveev (@IlyaMatveev_), anti-war political scientist formerly based in St Petersburg, Russia

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Amy Walters, Chloe K Li, Alexandra Locke, Negin Owliaei, Ney Alvarez, and Malika Bilal. Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our engagement producers are Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad.

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Source: Al Jazeera