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Russians Protest War in Ukraine

Public protest is illegal in Russia, a country ruled by an authoritarian government. After invading Ukraine, the Russian government has spread misinformation about the war among its citizens and declared harsh penalties for anyone speaking out against the Russian war effort. Even so, some Russians opposed to the war in Ukraine have been protesting. They have said they could not stay silent, even though they risked arrest and imprisonment for their actions. Listen to hear a young Russian activist discuss her motivations, and learn how she used two colorful Harry Potter books to stage a public protest against the war.


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Story Length: 5:52

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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