Children of rich Russian oligarchs and the country’s elite are urging peace in the Ukraine and Vladimir Putin to stop the bloodshed.
The young adults are using their social media feeds and statuses as influencers to try and stop more carnage unfolding.
Among them are Roman Abramovich’s daughter, the child of a Kremlin spokesman and even the daughter of Putin’s own political mentor.
The comments show how the next generation of Russia view the ongoing conflict.
It also suggests some gap between Putin’s government and younger people living in the country.
Ksenia Sobchak, a socialite and former Russian presidential candidate, has led the condemnation and urged peace.
The presenter – who has denied being Putin’s goddaughter – said on Instagram: ‘The main topic – a real conflict with Ukraine, in which no one, including me, believed until the last. When Russia recognized the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass, it seemed that this was already a kind of intermediate finish.
‘It was the very beginning. The military conflict began.
Shares have collapsed, the EU is preparing sanctions, arrests for anti-war pickets have begun all over Russia, the RKN promises to punish the media that quote an unofficial point of view. What’s next, how will at least today’s endless day end? It’s impossible to calculate. The only thing known for sure is that people are dying.’
Sobchak is known to have flown to Turkey with her young son.
She did so as tens of thousands of Russians are leaving amid fears that draconian martial law will be imposed in the near future, and their concern over the war.
They are also hit by limits on hard currency withdrawals or exchanges as a result of Western sanctions over the Ukraine War.
One of Russia’s most senior journalists Alexei Venediktov, posted: ‘Ksenia Sobchak has left Russia.’