Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Draconian “anti-terrorism” law means Putin preparing for war at home and abroad, Ponomaryov says

Russian police crackdown on Putin opposition
Russian police crackdown on Putin opposition
Draconian “anti-terrorism” law means Putin preparing for war at home and abroad, Ponomaryov says
Edited by: A. N.

Today, the Russian Duma passed in second and third reading the so-called “Yarovaya-Ozerov Law on Terrorism,” a draconian measure that means not only that Vladimir Putin’s recent call for improved relations with the West was nothing more than “a special operation” but also–and more seriously–that he is preparing for war at home and abroad.

Lev Ponomarev (Image:
Lev Ponomarev (Image:

That is the judgment of Lev Ponomarev, a longtime human rights activist, who says that, in one sense, those pushing this legislation law are correct if Russia has indeed entered “a military period,” one when “it is possible to spit on the Constitution” in order to “oppose enemies.”

Polls show, he continues, that “about 50 percent of Russians are ready for war and ready to send their sons off to fight.” That of course means that bodies will be returning in large numbers just as they did during the fighting in Ukraine and in lesser numbers in Moscow’s Syrian campaign.

Thus, “the country is prepared for war and it is necessary to deal with ‘the fifth column’” at home.

What is striking, however, is that the Duma’s action comes on the heels of Putin’s declaration only last week that he wants to be friends and to have foreigners invest in Russia. If he signs this measure, Ponomarev says, “it will become clear that Putin in St. Petersburg only carried out a cover operation” and that no one should take his words there seriously.

Instead, the activist says, they should take seriously the fact that “mass purges of ‘the fifth column’ are beginning” and that more Russian aggression abroad can be expected in the coming weeks and months.


Edited by: A. N.
You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Premium journalism from across Europe.
    • Tailored to your needs, translated into English.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts