Ground Report | New Delhi: Who is Zoya Svetova; Zoya Zvetova is a Russian journalist, activist for human rights and more particularly political prisoners in Russia. She received the Magnitsky Human Rights Prize in 2018, named after an apolitical Russian lawyer and tax adviser who died after being beaten in prison, and more recently received a Legion of Honor, France’s highest honour. She was interviewed before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and again on March 2.
Zoya Svetova, says that she doesn’t watch TV at all. “I compare different opinions on social media. Many people view and read Ukrainian sites,” “Social media has a lot of benefits. You can hear witnesses talking about their experiences. There are videos of bombings, destruction, etc. Many different points of view can be heard. The authorities realize that social networks are a weapon, and that’s why they try to limit them.
In an interview with New York Times, she said “I couldn’t imagine the Russian army attacking Ukrainian cities. It’s really scary. Moscow is full of the most alarming rumours: from the possible arrest of opponents and journalists to the proclamation of martial law on Friday when it will be impossible to leave the country. Every morning I expect a search in my apartment and I don’t always sleep at home”.
She added “the antiwar mood in Russia is growing, that is a fact. Here’s just one example: The online petition against the war got over a million signatures in seven days. That’s really a lot, and obviously, these are not just voices from the opposition. Every day activists take to the streets of Moscow, St. Petersburg and other large towns. Over seven days of the war, more than 6,000 people were detained.