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Metro 2033 Author Now on Russian Government “Wanted” List

The author of Metro 2033, Dmitry Glukhovsky, has been placed on a “wanted” list by the government of Russia, for violating a law that forbids “discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”. The video game author could face up to 10 years in prison if Russian law enforcement does apprehend him, simply for criticising Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Glukhovsky stated in an interview with Telegram (English version) that he is “accused of discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for a post on Instagram”. The post in question seems to be one he made on the 12th of March, shortly after the law regarding criticism of the armed forces was implemented.

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In the video post made by  Glukhovsky, he captions it by saying “Stop the war!” along with “Recognize that this is a real war against an entire nation and stop it! Mariupol”. Gluskhovsky repeated what he said in his Instagram post in the Telegram message, stating “I am ready to repeat everything that is said there ‘Stop the war! Recognize that this is a war against an entire nation and stop it!'”

Russia enacted the law on the 4th of March, 2022, which effectively banned anyone from discrediting the Russian armed forces in response to peaceful anti-war protests that took place shortly after the invasion took place. The law was then extended to include criticisms against any government official as well, meaning that anyone who spoke against the invasion in terms of military or government action, would potentially face prison time.

Glukhovsky is most well-known for writing the series of Metro novels which was adapted into a video game, Metro 2033.  The success of the game then spawned multiple sequels, Metro: Last Light and Metro: Exodus. The video game was created by Ukrainian studio 4A Games which recently relocated its head office to Malta amidst the invasion.

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Source: RadioFreeEurope

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