Ukraine war: artist collective plays pranks on Russia – panorama – society

The artist collective “The Obfuscated Dreams of Scheherazade” (TODS) has compiled more than 5,000 telephone numbers of Russian military personnel, secret service agents and politicians in their own database since the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. The numbers come from several leaks.

In order to take a non-violent stand against the war, the activists set up telephone conferences between two randomly selected numbers from the collection. If a connection is established, the caller can listen to the involuntary interlocutors trying to explain to each other what is going on.

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It’s their form of civil resistance to the war: “Imagine it’s war and everyone is stuck on the phone”. Because if you’re on the phone, you can’t throw bombs, coordinate soldiers and make invasion plans, the collective writes on its website.

Fight the war with prank calls

Since Wednesday is unlocked, the idea for the prank phone calls came to the artists on the second day of the war. A button on the website makes it easy to call Russia.

The callers then connected do not find out anything about the identity of the caller, and there is no way of speaking to the Russians. That way you can’t put yourself in danger, unintentionally or carelessly reveal details.

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