A Russian politician has been detained trying to cross the US-Mexico border after he fled Vladimir Putin’s regime in protest over the war in Ukraine.
Viktor Kamenshchikov, 31, who served as a deputy politician in the Duma, quit the Communist Party as he did “not agree” with the war in Ukraine.
He was arrested for trying to cross the border illegally and it is unknown where he has been detained, the newspaper Kommersant said, “we have no information over where he is now.”
Kamenshchikov has not been seen since February as he spoke out over the war and Putin’s regime and disagreed with the Kremlin and made an application to leave the Communist Party on 27 February.
Kamenshchikov told Kommersant, “I do not agree with the position of the party leadership” over their support for the “military operations in Ukraine and the use of Russian troops on the territory of a neighbouring state.”
He added, “I am against war in principle.”
In an interview on 5 March he told sibreal.org that politicians were forced to vote for the war in Ukraine and he then criticised MPs within his own party.
He also said that he believes many politicians knew of Putin’s plans to invade the Ukraine.