December 3, 2022

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‘VICTOR B’ WRITES — How do clashes in Russia, between police and the general public, look proper now, when most different nations are struggling to keep up protected and wholesome environments? Not good. Orwellian, in actual fact? The Russian authorities now requires issuance of a ‘QR’ code to each citizen desirous to stroll outdoors their home throughout COVID-19.  What’s extra, these codes can be utilized simply twice weekly, and just for requirements corresponding to groceries, physician visits or actual emergencies.

Whereas promising to assist and maintain individuals throughout this pandemic, the Russian authorities’s monitoring insurance policies as an alternative have resulted in a type of organized police anarchy. Right here’s why: Law enforcement officials in Russia obtain a really low minimal wage, which motivates them to simply accept bribes and to make fraudulent arrests – simply to feed themselves. And so, police are aggressive: Residents casually strolling down the road could also be stopped by a bunch of officers who stress and stress them, finally scary them into custody. Arrests can result in torture and gross disrespect, which is why individuals are compelled to pay their approach out of such interactions. Many have seen that police officers principally goal the previous and frail or unaccompanied people. Russian Instagrams are stuffed with movies with police taking mother-children pedestrians and aged individuals on an everyday foundation.

Police stress strategies are very sophisticated, however a few of them embrace bodily assaults, seizure of possessions and threatening to cost a person with nonexistent legal instances in the event that they gained’t pay their approach out of the police workplaces.

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Like many different elements of the world, Russian residents are quarantined at residence. For a lot of this is sort of a demise sentence, as a result of 98% of the inhabitants is totally depending on their every day wages. As an alternative of getting authorities assist or no less than some makes an attempt to mitigate this horrible scenario, they get QR codes. Then come debt collectors who obtained the addresses and call information from QR codes.

Sure, Orwell lives, in Russia.

Viktor B is the nom de plume for a scholar with household again in Russia.

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