To protest Putin’s anti-war censorship, a Russian woman sews her mouth shut.

A Russian woman faces charges after she stitched her mouth shut in protest of the censorship of anti-Russian protests in Ukraine.

Nadezhda Sayfutdinova, a 30-year-old activist, had sewed her own mouth shut before staging a one-woman protest in the city.

She was holding a banner that read: “You are unable to be silent!!! You are unable to remain silent!!! Our consciousness is the cost. There is no peace in war!!! Slavery is not freedom!!! Power does not come from ignorance!!!”

Russian woman sews her mouth shut to protest Putin

She slammed Putin’s Russia’s “moral code” for keeping people silent about the conflict.

She was later apprehended by police in Yekaterinburg, who used “brute force” to try to get her committed to a mental institution.

Ms Sayfutdinova has avoided being sectioned, but she is still expected to face charges of defaming the Russian military.

She told members of the OVD-Info human rights organization: “A needle and thread were used to sew my mouth shut.

“To check the damage and remove the threads, an ambulance was dispatched to the [police] station.

“I hand-sewed it.”

She was brought to a trauma center first, then to the city’s No. 3 psychiatric clinic.

Fedor Akchermyshev, her lawyer, and OVD-Info have asked for public support to achieve her release.

“You can call the clinic’s reception or the prosecutor on duty and demand that Sayfutdinova’s illegal arrest and forced hospitalization be ended,” her lawyer said.

Ms Sayfutdinova commented: “The police did not violate my rights, but they summoned a psychiatric team, who used force on me…

I was adamant about not going.”

She referred to her treatment as “punitive psychiatry.”

She stated, ” “This was punitive psychiatry, and I was stunned. It was terrifying.”

“I am really grateful to the people who attempted to help me and rang the [clinic’s] reception, demanding to let me go,” she said after a large public outcry.

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