Repression in Russia: a real verdict for councilman Alexei Gorinov

July 4



  • The FSB announced an “official warning” to a Russian who transferred money to the “Come Back Alive” foundation, which helps the Ukrainian army. Such actions under the new laws can be qualified as treason (punishment of up to 20 years in prison).
  • In the strict regime colony IK-6 of the Vladimir region, opposition politician Alexei Navalny is not allowed to call his wife and mother due to day plan restrictions.
  • A court in Arkhangelsk fined activist Elena Kalinina 60 thousand rubles under two protocols on “discrediting” the army. The reason was the photos posted on social networks of the Ukrainian Mariupol destroyed by Russian troops.


July 5



  • The court fined a resident of Cherepovets 30 thousand rubles for an article about the “discrediting” of the army – she wrote pacifist inscriptions in the snow, one of which is “Do not kill.” The court’s decision stated that there was no war in Ukraine but a “special operation,” so anti-war inscriptions discredited the armed forces.
  • Zakhar Zakurdaev, an Omsk resident with a disability, was beaten in the police department because of a passport cover with the coat of arms of Ukraine and later fined 30,000 rubles under an article about “discrediting” the army. The passport cover was seen by an oncologist when Zakurdaev was undergoing a medical examination.
  • The prosecutor requested 17 years in a strict regime colony for the 59-year-old Crimean Tatar activist Azamat Eyupov in the case of membership in the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir.
  • In Rostov-on-Don, a local resident was sent to jail on charges of rehabilitating Nazism. The man said on camera that he would join the Defense Forces of Ukraine but changed his mind. According to investigators, the suspect created a community in VK where he “glorified Nazi criminals and traitors from among the Cossacks, positively assessed the crimes of Ukrainian nationalist formations.”
  • Amurbek Kibishev, a native of Kabardino-Balkaria, was prosecuted for “discrediting” the army: he left for Ukraine and joined the Crimea battalion.


July 6



  •  The Basmanny District Court of Moscow has arrested the bank accounts of Oleg Kashintsev, a retired policeman, in the case of “fakes” about the army. The case against Kashintsev was initiated because of anti-war publications in March of this year. The man is currently outside of Russia.
  • A 44-year-old resident of Vorkuta was fined 50,000 rubles under the article “discrediting” the army due to anti-war leaflets he pasted at the entrance of his house.
  • In the Stavropol Region, a local resident Oleg Kharaim was sentenced to 3 years in a penal colony for participation in the “Right Sector.” The case became known in March, after the start of the military invasion of Ukraine.
  • In Yevpatoria, a criminal case was opened against a 36-year-old local resident because of messages with “threats” to the Russian military, who are participating in a “special operation.” He is charged with an article about public calls for extremist activity.
  • Novaya Gazeta was fined 300,000 rubles due to an appeal by the editor-in-chief of the publication Dmitry Muratov, in which he opposed Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.


July 7



  • According to OVD-info, since Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine began, at least 16,334 people have been detained for their anti-war stance. This figure includes those detained at rallies and pickets and after them, those detained because of the publication of anti-war posts, those detained for symbols perceived as anti-war (pacifics, badges, anti-war inscriptions, yellow-blue or green ribbons on clothes and accessories, stickers on cars or house windows).
  • Another criminal case was opened against Igor Nagibin, a person involved in the mass riots, under the article on illegally possessing firearms or ammunition.
  • The prosecutors have requested five years in prison for opposition politician and former director of Open Russia Andrei Pivovarov. He was accused of collaborating with an undesirable organization because of Facebook posts.
  • The former publisher of Medusa, Ilya Krasilshchik, was accused of “fakes” about the Russian army and was on the wanted list. The reason for initiating a criminal case was a post about the events in Bucha on Krasilshchik’s Instagram.


July 8

  • In Berdsk in the Novosibirsk region, a criminal case was opened against the opposition politician Kirill Levchenko under the article on disseminating “fakes” about the army. The reason was a BBC video about the consequences of the “special operation” in Ukraine, posted on Levchenko’s Instagram.
  • A criminal case was opened against a 37-year-old resident of Dmitrov because of damage to the Russian flag (Article 329 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The man removed the flag from the flagpole and damaged it.
  • The court sentenced Alexei Gorinov, a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, to 7 years in prison in a general regime colony for his anti-war speech at a council meeting. Gorinov was the first to be sentenced to imprisonment under Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (distribution of “fakes” about the Russian army). Before him, two sentences were passed with a fine and a suspended sentence. In both cases, the accused admitted guilt. Gorinov did not admit his guilt.
  • A court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced three Crimean Tatar activists to terms ranging from 13 to 19 years in a strict regime colony. Ismet Ibragimov was sentenced to 19 years in prison. He was charged with involvement in the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir and preparations for a change of power. Ernest Ibragimov and Oleg Fedorov were sentenced to 13 years in prison for participating in the activities of a terrorist organization.


July 9



  • The Moscow City Court approved the arrest in absentia of blogger Svetlana Sokova on articles about calls to carry out terrorist and extremist activities on the Internet, about inciting hatred with the threat of violence, and calls for mass riots. The reason was the publications posted by Sokova on her YouTube channel. According to the prosecution, Sokova called for a popular uprising against compulsory vaccination in her publications. The woman is currently outside of Russia.


July 10



  • Viktor Pavlenko, a surgeon from Yelets, was removed from the post of head of the department at the Russian Railways-Medicine hospital after he shouted “Glory to Ukraine!” at a company’s party on the occasion of the day of the medical worker.
  • The court of Nizhny Novgorod fined activist Alexei Podnebesnyi 30 thousand rubles for “discrediting” the Russian army because of quotation marks in the word “special operation” in a post on Podnebesnyi’s page on VK. According to the prosecutors, the quotation marks “indicate an ironic, opposite, disparaging meaning of the word.”



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