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Hundreds of Russian academics and students sign anti-war petition at Novosibirsk State University

HUNDREDS of academics, staff, students and alumni of Novosibirsk State University have signed a condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The petition from one of Russia’s most prestigious universities, located in Akademgorodok, the “academic city” founded by the Soviet Academy of Sciences in the 1950s, underlines the difficulty the Vladimir Putin government is having suppressing widespread opposition to the war, despite thousands of arrests.

Police have used sweeping bans on “criticism of the armed forces” and “fake news” to arrest citizens for protests including standing in the road with a blank sheet of paper, holding up quotes from Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy and even holding aloft a packet of ham from the Miratorg brand but with a hand covering the letters “…atorg,” leaving the Russian word for peace.

But the bold letter from Novosibirsk “strongly condemns the war that the Russian state unleashed on the territory of Ukraine on February 24 2022,” stresses that there is “no reason” for the war and called for the Russian army to leave Ukraine “immediately” and for war crimes allegations to be investigated.

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