Single pickets were held in Kaliningrad in defense of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, whom the governor of the region accused of starting the war in Ukraine.
Citizens came to the monument to space explorers with a poster and 3D hashtags “Kant is ours! No xenophobia and vandalism.” Activists wrote that if repressions against picketers now begin, “the society of our region should demand Alikhanov’s resignation by all possible means.”
Last week, the governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, speaking at a congress of political scientists, accused Kant of starting the war in Ukraine (and the First World War, too).
“Kant, who was born here, has an almost direct relation to the global chaos, the global reorganization that we are facing now. Moreover, he has a direct relation to the military conflict in Ukraine,” Alikhanov said.
Kant was born, worked and died in Königsberg. In 1945, the city was transferred to the USSR, and in 1946 it was renamed Kaliningrad.