Why Russia wants to arrest the screenwriter of the series Metro
Russian author and journalist Dmitry Glukhovsky is best known for his science fiction novel Metro 2033 and its sequels. The story from the first book was later adapted into the Metro 2033 video game, in which Glukhovsky took part in the game’s development process. He also worked as a scriptwriter for the game’s sequel, metro last light. Both games received positive reviews.
However, the Subway The author of the series has recently come under fire from the Russian government for his criticism of the ongoing conflict with Ukraine. He is now wanted by the federal government in Russia for allegedly “discrediting” government actions.
A brief explanation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine started as early as 2014. However, the Russian invasion only started in February 2022. President Vladimir Putin called it a “special military operation”. Following his decision, missiles and air raids fell across Ukraine, and ground troops crossed the border from Russia. This forced millions of Ukrainians to flee the country, leaving many displaced and homeless.
The advent of the invasion drew criticism from foreign countries, with many disapproving of Russia’s declaration of war. The same can be said of many Russian inhabitants. The difference, however, is that Russian citizens are not allowed to call this a war. By doing so, they can be prosecuted under laws that criminalize fake news. Any Russian who criticizes government decisions or military actions faces up to 15 years in prison.
The message from the author of the Metro series
Subway Series writer Glukhovsky has actively spoken out against the Russian invasion on his social media, but many of those posts are written in Russian. The tweet above, which was posted in early March, is one of the few documents in English. In the video, he calls the Russian invasion “unfair, unjust, predatory” and stresses that it must stop immediately.
Later, in a Telegram message dated June 7, Glukhovsky shared that he was accused by the Russian government of sharing false information about the use of the Russian military. His statement that Russia has declared war on Ukraine was supposedly false. In response to this, Glukhovsky maintained his position, writing “Stop the war! Recognize that this is a war against an entire nation and stop it! in its caption in Russian.
Currently, Glukhovsky does not reside in Russia, so it is likely that Russian authorities cannot arrest him. He is one of the Russian writers who spoke out against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, alongside Lyudmila Ulitskaya and Vladimir Sorokin.
It should be noted here that the Subway The video game series was created by the Ukrainian video game company 4A Games. Glukhovsky worked closely with them to ensure the adaptations stayed true to the source material. First established in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, in 2006, the company would make the decision to move its headquarters to Malta in 2014. This was due to growing unrest between Russia and Ukraine following the annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
Despite this, the Kyiv studio continued to operate. However, after the recent invasion, 4A Games’ parent company, Saber Interactive, allowed local employees to relocate to all Saber-owned businesses outside of Ukraine. Since then, 4A games along with other Ukrainian game developers have condemned Russia’s actions and expressed support for humanitarian aid efforts. Other game developers such as Bungie and CD Projekt Red have also contributed to the cause.
At the moment, the Russian invasion is still ongoing. It is therefore important that influential figures and groups speak out against unnecessary violence.
Metro Exodus is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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