Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, journalist Ana Korobkova has written 1,397 reports denouncing compatriots who criticize the war in that country, according to the BBC. When asked about her motivations for writing these reports, Korobkova stated that she feels joy if those who have been punished for her denunciations are caught.
According to the BBC, new censorship laws were introduced shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and have led to more than 8,000 cases being opened against people accused of discrediting the Russian army. These new laws make it a crime to speak out against the war and can result in a fine of up to 50,000 rubles (US$560) or five years in prison if committed more than twice.
In an interview with the BBC, Korobkova explained that she believes all those who oppose the special military operation are rivals to her own well-being. If there is a Ukrainian victory, she predicts that she could lose all her savings and may have to find a full-time job.
Korobkova mainly targets media figures who speak out against the war, including anthropologist Aleksandra Arkhipova. Arkhipova said that Korobkova reported her seven times and considers reporting as her mission. She believes that Korobkova’s actions have helped silence experts and contributed to Russia labeling her as a foreign agent in May.
Despite criticism from others, Korobkova plans to continue writing accusations against her compatriots. In a message to the BBC journalist, she stated that she has a lot of work left to do.