Russian Women and the War

Nadin Brzezinski
8 min readNov 27, 2023

I said it the other day. Women are a force to be reckoned with in Russia. They were one reason the war in Afghanistan ended. Vladimir Putin tried to libel the wives of the Kursk crew.

In this case, they are on the leading edge of speaking out. This is why this matters. And the state is already doing what it does best:

“ We are not enemies of the people, we are the same people. It is you who divide the people into two parts.” These are the wives of those mobilized from Novosibirsk responding to Solovyov , who called their rally a “provocation” of Western intelligence services.

The rally itself in support of those mobilized took place on November 19 — this, by the way, is the only rally of military wives allowed by the authorities in all time. It took place in a local cultural center, but journalists were not allowed to attend — so the footage is gradually arriving only now. Before the action, the propagandist called the women in advance “participants in subversive activities” operating under the influence of foreign intelligence services.

“As soon as their indefinite stay in the SMO became apparent, it became like slavery. <…> A Russian person can do a lot, but by not being a slave. We need to think about who and how to quickly replace them,” says a participant in the “rally” in the video.

The channel that organized the meeting claims that as a result of the “meeting” a “resolution was adopted.” It contains 8 points that participants demand to be “approved at the legislative level”:

“1. The period of stay in the SMO upon mobilization is no more than 1 year; 2. Rotations for units located in the combat contact zone — no less than every 3 months; 3. Planned vacation for SMO participants — at least 1 month every six months; 4. Providing medical care to active military personnel in civilian clinics; 5. Commissioning of soldiers who received moderate and severe injuries; 6. Global expansion of the list of diseases for which mobilized soldiers should be discharged; 7. Revision of recovery time for fighters after injuries to increase until full recovery; 8. Creation of independent medical commissions to confirm the level of health of fighters and the presence of diseases.”



Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB