Repression in Russia: Anti-Kadyrov medium labeled ‘extremist’


 July 11



  • The fourth verdict in the criminal case of “fakes” about the army: A court in Orenburg sentenced 22-year-old Ivan Moskalenko to 8 months of correctional labor with a deduction of 10% of the salary to the state income. The reason for the initiation of the case was three videos about the actions of the armed forces of the Russian Federation posted by Moskalenko on social networks.
  • In Moscow, 27-year-old Denis Zhuravlev was detained for 15 days for using obscene language in the doorway and then accused of wanting to fight against the Russian Federation. In the detention center, he drew the attention of FSB. Tickets to Minsk and anti-war posts in VK became the reason for initiating a case on participation in an extremist organization and an illegal armed formation. Zhuravlev was sent to a pre-trial detention center.
  • The Moscow City Court approved the arrest in absentia of retired police major Oleg Kashintsev in the case of “fakes” about the army. He is currently outside of Russia.
  • The Ministry of Justice has included the opposition Chechen movement “Adat” (better known as the telegram channel 1ADAT) in the list of extremist organizations. 1ADAT positions itself as a popular movement against the current leadership of Chechnya — most of the posts in the telegram channel are devoted to harsh criticism of Kadyrov and stories about abductions and murders of local residents.


July 12



  • In St. Petersburg, a case was opened about “fakes” of the army against activist and film director Vsevolod Korolev. The reason was posts on VK about the events in Bucha, Borodyanka, and Donetsk. Korolev was sent to a pre-trial detention center. According to the telegram channel “Network Freedoms,” this is the 70th criminal case on “fakes” in 130 days.
  • A criminal case was opened against opposition politician Ilya Yashin about “fakes” about the army because of a video on his Youtube channel. The case became known on the 15th day of administrative arrest, which the politician served because of alleged disobedience to police officers. Yashin’s house was searched. He was sent to the pre-trial detention center.


July 13



  • A criminal case was opened against a journalist from Rostov-on-Don, Sergei Reznik, under an article about military “fakes” due to publications in Telegram. Earlier, he was arrested in absentia on charges of rehabilitating Nazism. Reznik is currently outside of Russia.
  • A case was initiated against Dmitry Antonov, a resident of the Tula region, under paragraph a. of Part 2 of Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation — “Incitement of hatred or enmity with the use of violence or the threat of its use” for insulting Putin and comparing him with Hitler in posts in VK.
  • In Pskov, a case was opened against Elena Kuzmina for calls for extremist activities and “destructive actions against the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin.” The reason was the posts in VK for 2019-2020, in which Kuzmina criticized the government and the president.


July 14



  • Against the former coordinator of the “Navalny Headquarters” in Kostroma, Alexander Zykov, a criminal case was opened about “fakes” about the army. The reason was the publication on his personal page on VK. In them, Zykov wrote about the deaths of civilians in the Sumy region and Bucha, blaming the Russian military for this. Zykov is currently outside of Russia.
  • Vladimir Putin signed several bills on criminal liability for:

– “public calls to carry out activities directed against the security of the state” (from 2 to 7 years of imprisonment);

– participation of Russians in military actions against the interests of Russia abroad (up to 20 years in prison);

– repeated propaganda or public demonstration of Nazi or extremist symbols (up to 4 years in prison);

– defecting to the side of the enemy in an armed conflict (from 12 to 20 years of imprisonment and is considered treason);

– “confidential cooperation” of Russians with foreign intelligence agencies and international or foreign organizations (up to 8 years in prison).

  • According to Roskomsvoboda, least 5,400 news resources have been blocked since the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.
  • Pussy Riot participant Anna Kuzminykh was on the wanted list for burning a flag and an effigy with a photo of Putin. Her relatives were searched.


July 15



  • The court sentenced three employees of the Kronotsky Reserve in Kamchatka to terms ranging from 4.5 to 5.5 years in prison. They were accused of embezzling 454 million rubles allocated for cleaning the territory.
  • Opposition politician and former director of Open Russia ​​Andrei Pivovarov was sentenced to 4 years in a general regime colony with a ban on engaging in socio-political activities for 8 years. He was found guilty of carrying out the actions of an undesirable organization.
  • A court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Igor Chugainov to 8 years in a general regime colony in the case of involvement in the “Right Sector.”
  • Journalist Yevgeny Kiselyov was put on the wanted list.
  • In Vologda, a criminal case was opened under the article about the “fakes” of the army against 61-year-old Vladimir Rumyantsev. He was sent to the pre-trial detention center.
  • In Mordovia, a 51-year-old local resident was arrested for calling for a change of power.
  • In Primorye, a criminal case was opened on public calls for terrorist activity on the Internet against Valery Kalita because of his comments about Vladimir Putin on VK.


July 16



  • In Petrozavodsk, the court fined a 77-year-old pensioner with a disability Tatyana Savinkina three times for anti-war leaflets and inscriptions on denunciations of a ninth-grader and activists from the Home Owners Association.
  • ​​A court in Ufa recovered 287,000 rubles from Navalny’s supporters Olga Komleva, Lilia Chanysheva, and Ilham Yanberdin on two claims of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for compensation for police work during actions in support of Navalny on January 23 and 31, 2021.


July 17



  • In the Moscow region, the police detained the former editor of the First Channel, Marina Ovsyannikova. A second protocol was drawn up against the journalist under the article on the “discrediting” of the army. The basis was her speech at the Basmanny court before the arrest of Ilya Yashin. Ovsyannikova gained fame on March 14 during a live broadcast of a news release on Channel One. She appeared behind the back of presenter Ekaterina Andreeva with a poster “Stop the war! Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.”
  • Roskomnadzor blocked the website of the publication ROAR (Russian Oppositional Arts Review — Bulletin of the oppositional Russian-speaking culture), founded by the writer Linor Goralik.


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