Metro 2033 creator Dmitry Glukhovsky is dealing with a prolonged jail sentence in Russia over his criticism of the nation’s invasion of Ukraine. A Radio Free Europe report says Glukhovsky was added to the Interior Ministry’s needed record on June 7 for violating a regulation imposed in March that criminalizes impartial reporting and protest of the Russian struggle in Ukraine.

Glukhovsky mentioned in a publish on Telegram (Google translated) that he’s “accused of discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for a post on Instagram.” That apparently refers to this publish, made on March 12, shortly after the regulation towards criticism of the struggle went into impact:

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“Stop the war!” the Instagram publish says (Google translated). “Recognize that this is a real war against an entire nation and stop it! Mariupol.”

“I am ready to repeat everything that is said there,” Glukhovsky mentioned in his Telegram message. “‘Stop the war! Recognize that this is a war against an entire nation and stop it!'”

A Reuters report says Glukhovsky is the primary “major cultural figure” to face prices beneath the brand new regulation, and it didn’t go unnoticed. Lyubov Sobol, a high-profile Russian political determine and affiliate of imprisoned Putin opponent Alexei Navalny, mentioned on Twitter that “previously, Putin was only afraid of politicians, now writers too.”

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Glukhovsky, who in accordance with RFE just isn’t presently in Russia, is finest often known as the creator of the Metro novels, about survivors of a world nuclear struggle compelled to eke out a wretched existence within the ruined depths of the Moscow Metro subway system. The novels got here to the eye of avid gamers in 2010 with the discharge of the cult-hit shooter Metro 2033, which spawned two more and more profitable sequels, Metro: Last Light and Metro Exodus. 

All three video games within the collection had been developed by Ukrainian studio 4A Games. The studio relocated its headquarters to Malta in 2014 following Russia’s preliminary incursion towards Ukraine in Crimea and the Donbas, however it maintains a studio in Kyiv.

Russian opposition politician Vladimir Milov, additionally a Navalny affiliate, and investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov had been additionally positioned on the Interior Ministry’s needed record at across the identical time as Glukhovsky. A message posted to the Twitter account of jailed Kremlin critic Andrei Pivarov famous the addition of Glukhovsky and Milov to the record, and mentioned that “the machine of repression will pass through everyone.”

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