— On February 24, I right away wrote a post appealing to the authorities. I said that now, in the early hours, it was important to make a bold step. For instance, to quit the party. I realized that there was no point in appealing to the townspeople. "No to war" — well, who would be influenced by that. But if on that day, deputies and officials had said: "I did not sign up for this", this could have been effective.
I was taken aback by how bloodthirsty my subscribers were. This was the first post that was misunderstood and harshly criticized by my subscribers. Curses flowed. I thought maybe I should wait, maybe they were in some kind of shock. I wrote another post, a longer and more emotional one, on February 26. And there [in the comments] I found even more aggression and bloodlust.
I had a very loyal audience, I was a kind of local hero, not anonymous, born and raised in Chelyabinsk, "our guy". And I was threatened with physical violence. For the first time, I was scared, not of the state, but of my own subscribers, who could see me on the street and kick me in the head, thinking that this was their way of saving their homeland from a "traitor".
I decided to go to Yekaterinburg, a neighboring city. Then came the news about Medvedev proposing to bring back death penalty for traitors, about 15 years for "fakes"… I realized that if I wanted to continue writing, I would have to leave.
At the same time, I have large media resources in my city. This is my information weapon which I want to use. And I realized that in one or two weeks I would not have such an opportunity anymore. So, I flew to Saint Petersburg and crossed the border into Estonia there.
I had 63,000 followers on Instagram, now it’s 57,700. On VKontakte, I had 52,000, now I have 47,000. I got some on Telegram because I invited them on Instagram.