This boy is 16 years old. He’s been sentenced to a 5-year jail term because when he was 14 he and his friends were playing Minecraft in a way the government doesn’t like. They built a structure (in Minecraft, not in reality) that resembled a federal building and joked about blowing it up. In Minecraft, not in reality. They didn’t blow it up, in Minecraft or in reality but the authorities found out that the boys were doing very well in chemistry at school. Which must mean they are preparing terrorist attacks. So they got arrested on terrorism charges.
The boy’s name is Nikita Uvarov, and this is all taking place in Russia. Nikita is one of thousands of very young boys who, in recent years, were arrested on these kinds of charges, often beaten, tortured, raped, and jailed over pretty much nothing.
They all have something in common. They are very young, usually between 13 and 17 years of age. And there’s something else. Look at this boy’s face. What does his appearance tell you?
Yes, he’s ethnically Russian. The authorities are waging a war on these boys to make room for the replacement population, which speaks no or little Russian and is very easy to exploit and get to vote as needed. The crime rates – especially in what concerns sex crimes – among the replacement population are sky-high but the police are distracted by its hunt for Minecraft-playing boys who do well in school and like chemistry.
At trial, Nikita said, “If I’m convicted, I’ll serve my time with dignity because my conscience is clear. I did nothing wrong. I simply had friends and spent time with them.”