Metro 2033 author placed on Russian government’s ‘Wanted’ list for condemning Ukraine invasion

Metro 2033 author Dmitry Glukhovsky is facing a lengthy prison sentence in Russia for his criticism of the country’s invasion of Ukraine. ONE Free Europe Radio (opens in new tab) The report says that Glukhovsky was added to the Interior Ministry’s wanted list on June 7 for violating a law imposed in March that criminalizes independent reporting and protests against the Russian war in Ukraine.

Glukhovsky said in a post on Telegram (opens in new tab) (Google translated (opens in new tab)) that he is “accused of discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation by an Instagram post”. This apparently refers to this post, made on March 12, shortly after the law against war criticism (opens in new tab) came into force:

“Stop the War!” the Instagram post says (Google translated (opens in new tab)). “Acknowledge that this is a real war against an entire nation and stop it! Mariupol.”

“I am ready to repeat everything that is said there,” Glukhovsky said in his Telegram message. “‘Stop the war! Recognize that this is a war against an entire nation and stop it!'”

ONE Reuters (opens in new tab) The report says that Glukhovsky is the first “major cultural figure” to face charges under the new law, and that has not gone unnoticed. Lyubov Sobol, a high-profile Russian political figure and associate of Putin’s imprisoned opponent Alexei Navalny, said on Twitter that “previously Putin was only afraid of politicians, now also of writers”.

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Glukhovsky, who according to RFE is currently not in Russia, is best known as the author of the Metro novels, about the survivors of a global nuclear war forced to live a miserable existence in the blighted depths of the Moscow Metro. The novels caught the attention of gamers in 2010 with the release of the cult-hit shooter Subway 2033which spawned two increasingly successful sequels, Metro: Last Light and Exodus subway.

All three games in the series were developed by Ukrainian studio 4A Games. the studio moved its headquarters to Malta in 2014 after Russia’s initial incursion against Ukraine in Crimea and the Donbas, but maintains a studio in Kyiv.

Russian opposition politician Vladimir Milov, also an associate of Navalny and an investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov were also placed on the Interior Ministry’s wanted list at the same time as Glukhovsky. A message posted on the Twitter account of imprisoned Kremlin critic Andrei Pivarov noted the addition of Glukhovsky and Milov to the list and said “the machine of repression will pass through everyone”.

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