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In a startling incident captured on video, a female British diplomat, an aide to the British ambassador in Russia, faced verbal abuse at a Moscow restaurant due to the UK’s support for Ukraine.

Pro-Putin activists targeted her with an aggressive tirade, questioning her conscience for supporting what they termed as “Ukrainian terrorism.” Despite the intense harassment, the diplomat remained composed, and the reasons behind the activists’ knowledge of her identity and location remained unclear.

The incident, which occurred at a Latin-American restaurant in Moscow, raised concerns about the safety of the aide, told The Time.

Meanwhile, concerns grow over the fate of Vladimir Kara-Murza, a 42-year-old British citizen jailed in Russia for opposing the Ukraine war.

Sentenced to 25 years last April, Kara-Murza has been moved to a new Siberian prison and placed in solitary confinement for allegedly failing to stand up promptly when commanded by a guard. Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron expresses deep concern over Kara-Murza’s situation, who suffers from a nerve disorder after two poisonings he attributes to the Kremlin.

In a letter to his lawyer, Kara-Murza ironically mentions the transfer’s purpose was to make life less comfortable. A vocal critic of Putin, he had condemned Russia’s war in Ukraine, leading to his arrest shortly after the invasion.

Kara-Murza’s case highlights the broader crackdown in Russia, with over 160 citizens imprisoned for opposing the war, according to human rights group OVD-Info.

His 25-year sentence stands out as one of the harshest, reflecting a broader trend of suppressing dissent in the wake of the war, as evidenced by the arrest of 19,854 Russians between February 24, 2022, and January 28, 2024, for speaking out or demonstrating against the invasion. The developments underscore the challenging environment for those opposing the government’s stance in Russia.

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