I asked the Foreign Secretary on Monday night about what support we can provide to those in Russia who have bravely taken a stand against Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and callous disregard for human life. We’ve seen solidarity protests on College Green, outside Downing Street, across European cities, but also on the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Putin has a long and deadly record of repressing dissent. Use of the words ‘war’ and ‘invasion’ have been banned by all media outlets, and those caught publicly opposing the bombing of Ukrainian civilian face lengthy prison sentences. But the involvement of the Russian people, appalled by the actions President Putin takes in their name, is absolutely necessary in removing him for good.
It’s this unity which will ensure those opposed to Putin prevail. I signed a book of solidarity in Parliament yesterday, which will sent by the Speaker to the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament to signal our ongoing support.