A video that purports to show Russian policemen marching through the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia, has gone viral.
The video was posted on TikTok last week by Natasha (@natasharussia), who wrote, “Another day in St Petersburg Russia.” So far, the post has garnered over 2 million views and over 308,000 likes. He also received thousands of comments from concerned TikTokers, one of which compared the images to those of Suzanne Collins The hunger Games.
In the video, which is set to Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human,” Natasha walks the streets of St. Petersburg, some of which appear to be blocked off by Russian police. At several points in the clip, various citizens are also arrested.
Green ribbons can also be spotted in several places in the video. For example, a man can be seen holding a handful near the start of the clip. Seconds later, Natasha shows viewers a green ribbon found tied to a handrail.
According to several commentators, these green ribbons are used to show support for Ukraine.
“They can’t silence the green ribbons,” GrrFarm wrote.
The video has not been independently verified by Newsweek.
Last week, TikTok halted all live streaming and the ability to post new content in Russia. The decision follows the passage of Russia’s “False News” law, which criminalizes the dissemination of information that “discredits the use of Russian armed forces”. Newsweek reported.
With that in mind, Natasha took to the comments section of her post to say that she understands that many viewers might want to know how she managed to post her now-viral video. However, she did not disclose this information.
“Okay, I guess now I’m going to get some feedback on how I can post this if TikTok has banned Russian creators?” she wrote. “[I]It’s not a VPN… but yeah, that’s a long story that I’ll share once this is all over. So better not ask, help me stay here.”
TikToker Erik Lorenz commented on Natasha’s most recent video yesterday to let followers know she’s been banned from posting on the app until March 14, adding that she’s “happy, healthy [and] sure.”
Many commenters told Natasha to “stay safe” and said they found her images rather dystopian.
“Stay safe. Praying for Russians too. Not all are for war. Just trying to survive,” Mandi Joy wrote.
“Send my love. Be safe,” Tiffany Toland-Scott commented.
“When did they redo 1984?” Asked Mark Jeanes.
Christine Nestor added: “It gives me serious The hunger Games police atmosphere of the capital.”
Over 12,000 people liked Nestor’s comment in agreement.
On March 13, OVD-Info, a human rights project that monitors arrests during protests, said 14,853 anti-war protesters had been arrested in 151 Russian cities since Russia invaded Ukraine last month. last, Newsweek reported.
A viral video posted on March 12 shows Russian police arresting a woman found holding a blank sign in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia’s sixth-largest city.
“Welcome to Russia in 2022,” tweeted Kevin Rothrock.
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