“It is impossible to turn such close nations against each other, it is inhuman”

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Nina at home in Moscow, March 2.

As Russia’s military continues its invasion of Ukraine, and the government matches that violence abroad with repression at home, ordinary Russians have watched events unfold with anxiety. For many, the stakes are deeply personal: These are portraits of Russians who spoke about their fears for their relatives in Ukraine and hopes for their own country. The photographer, like many journalists in Russia, is remaining anonymous because of harsh new censorship laws that punish accurate reporting on the war — which Moscow dubs “fake news” — with up to 15 years in prison; subjects also asked to be identified by pseudonyms, for their safety. (The interviews and portrait sessions were conducted before the new censorship laws took effect.)

Story and photos for The Washington Post