by Zhenia Puzankov
Russia, Poland, Turkey, Mauritius
AHANAR is an interactive anti-war experience about a fictional (hopefully) town in Buryatia where all men were mobilized and none came back. Now Russia sends random men there and the women aren’t having it.
This project aims to highlight a different side of the war in Ukraine. The mobilization disproportionately affected underdeveloped regions of Russia like, in this example, Buryatia. These regions are populated by ethnic minorities and Russian government is effectively slaughtering their male population.
In this game All Worms is imagining (hopefully) what will happen after. When Soviet Union removed one demographic, another soon followed to take its place. Ahanar, a little town without men is facing effectively ethnic cleansing.