(NewsNation Now) – Russia’s rich kids are fighting back, that is, online.
It’s a “rebellion” unfolding on Instagram, where young Russian elites use their influential platforms to express hope that the war will end.
The granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Maria Yumasheva posted a photo of the Ukrainian flag with the caption “нет войне 💔”, which means “no war” in English.
Maria is also the daughter of Valentin Yumashev, who is currently an adviser to the President of the Russian Federation. He is said to have played a key role in Putin’s rise to the presidency of Russia.
Maria’s fiancé, Fedor Smolov, a Russian professional footballer, also posted a black square on his Instagram with the caption “Нет войне!!!💔🇺🇦”
Sofia Abramovich also joins the fight. Sofia is the daughter of Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, the richest person in the country, according to Bloomberg.
She reportedly shared a story with a caption that read, “The biggest and most successful Kremlin propaganda lie is that most Russians are with Putin.”
Daughter of Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov Elizaveta Peskovawhich has more than 237,000 subscribers, also posted “HET BOЙHE,” which means “no to war,” the New York Post reported.
Based on sharing screenshots on Twitter, and multiple reports she allegedly deleted the post and set her account to private an hour after it was posted. While there have been no direct threats against the oligarchs – or their family members – stepping out of line, Putin is notoriously ruthless against dissent.
“What matters to these children is that they are used to having money. What they want are likes on Instagram. They want to be accepted by the western world, I think they would gladly give up their parents to come to our side,” New York Post national writer Dana Kennedy said in an interview with Banfield.
On Thursday, the White House released a list of “Putin cronies” and their families – ultra-wealthy oligarchs – who will be targeted by the United States and other countries for continuing to support President Vladimir Putin “despite his brutal invasion of Ukraine”.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the action would have a significant impact on Putin’s entourage.
“What we’re talking about here is seizing their assets, seizing their yachts, and making it harder for them to send their children to western colleges and universities,” Psaki said.
The list includes Nikolai Tokarev, who heads Russian pipeline company Transneft; Boris Rotenberg, co-owner of gas pipeline construction company SGM Group; Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec Corporation and close ally of Putin; former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov; and “Putin’s leader” Yevgeniy Prigozhin.