Russian governor Natalya Komarova has been reported to Russian police after making controversial comments about the war in Ukraine during a meeting in the Siberian city of Nizhnevartovsk.
A Complicated Visit
“We don’t need it” – The governor of the Russian region of Khanty-Mansiysk, Natalya Komarova, has infuriated pro-war activists for controversial remarks she recently made about the Russian invasion of Ukraine while visiting Siberia.
Meeting in Nizhnevartovsk
The incident occurred during a visit to the Siberian city of Nizhnevartovsk, where Komarova, a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, held a meeting with local residents.
During the meeting, Komarova was confronted by the wife of a soldier who informed her that Russian recruits had been poorly equipped for armed conflict.
“Are you asking me (about underequipped soldiers), knowing that I’m the governor and not the minister of defense?” the governor shot back. She then pointed the blame to a lack of preparation.
We Weren’t Prepared
“As a whole, we did not prepare for this war. We don’t need it,” she said, a statement that shocked many of the meeting attendees.
Building a Different World
Komarova continued, saying “We were building a completely different world, so in this regard, there will certainly be some inconsistencies and unresolved issues.”
The encounter was filmed and circulated on Russian social media, and quickly spread as war activistists began to condemn the politician.
Criticisms Rush In
Komarova has been accused of “discrediting Russia’s armed forces,” and her critics have called for the authorities to investigate the United Russia Party member.
No False Information
Just days after the first Russian troops were sent into Ukraine on Feb 24, 2022, the Russian parliament passed legislation to stop the spread of “false information” regarding the incoming war with Ukraine.
This legislation included criminalizing anyone who disparaged the Russian military, including those who described the invasion as a “war” instead of the preferred term of “special military operation,” instated by the Kremlin.
Thousands Arrested in Russia
Since those early days of Russian military movements into Ukraine, thousands of Russian citizens have been fined and imprisoned for protesting or even criticizing the “military operation.”
Her Offensive Comments
So it’s no surprise that many pro-military Russian citizens have taken offense at Komarova’s statements, which could be deemed too critical and even dismissive of the Russian military effort.
Sibir.Realii, a state media outlet, recently reported that their journalists received a letter that had been sent to Russia’s Minister of Internal Affairs regarding the incident.
Letter of Complaint
The letter came from Yuri Ryabtsev, director of a Serbian non-profit organization, who contacted the minister to report Natalya Komarova and urged an internal investigation of her comments.
No Charges for Komarova
Despite numerous complaints and media coverage of the governor’s comments, Komarova has not yet been detained and is not facing any charges at this time.
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