Repression in Russia: the website of “Novaya Gazeta” is blocked

July 18



  • In the Rostov region, FSB officers detained a resident of the LPR, “recruited by the SBU,” who allegedly came to Russia to collect information about the movement of military assets.
  • In Ulyanovsk, human rights activist Igor Toporkov was searched in the case of opposition politician Ilya Yashin (the police found Toporkov’s number in Yashin’s phone).
  • The head of the International Human Rights Group “Agora” Pavel Chikov said that from February 24 to July 18, 200 people became involved in criminal cases related to anti-war protests.


July 19



  • Opera singer Vadim Cheldiev was sentenced to 10 years of strict regime in the case of covid protests. Cheldiev denied the existence of the disease, and in one of his appeals, he called on people to take part in the action on April 20, 2020, in Vladikavkaz.
  • The court sentenced Azamat Eyupov, a defendant in the Belogorsky case of Hizb ut-Tahrir, to 17 years in prison. The activist suffered a stroke in the pre-trial detention center.
  • A criminal case was opened in Moscow under the article on vandalism ‑due to anti-war inscriptions with a felt-tip pen in the Timiryazevskaya metro area.
  •  A court in Yekaterinburg sent the artist Egor Ledyakin, who painted anti-war stickers, to a psychiatric hospital for examination. For political reasons, his criminal case was reclassified to a more severe article about hooliganism.


July 20



  • Alexey Chervyakov, a blogger from Smolensk, was sentenced to 1 year and 10 months in a penal colony in the case of insulting a veteran. In a comment in VK, Chervyakov called the WWII veteran Yakunin, whose portrait was placed on the school building, a “heroic prick.”
  • The court fined The New Times magazine and its editor-in-chief Evgenia Albats 670,000 rubles for an article about the dissemination of fake information.


July 21




July 22



  • The Investigative Committee opened a case of “fakes” against Novosibirsk deputy Helga Pirogova, who was 4 months pregnant, 40 minutes after Bastrykin’s order. Pirogova left Russia.
  • The FSB reported on the detention in Crimea of a St. Petersburg citizen who wanted to join the armed formations of Ukraine.
  • In Novosibirsk, a criminal case was opened on extremism against four followers of the religious group “Alla Ayat.”
  • ​​Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon was arrested in absentia in Russia on articles about “fakes” about the armed forces of the Russian Federation, extremism, and calls to unleash an aggressive war. On July 19, he was put on the wanted list, and in April, he was added to the register of terrorists and extremists.
  • Russian courts have already recovered more than 50 million rubles under the administrative article on “discrediting” the army. From March 5 to July 14, 2022, 3033 protocols were drawn up under this article.
  • Another criminal case was opened against Leonid Volkov under Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“justification of terrorism”) because of a post in which he called Putin terrorist number 1.


July 23



  • A criminal case was opened against a 32-year-old resident of Izberbash for participation in an “extremist” organization (Part 2 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) because of involvement in the religious community “Nurdzhular.”


July 24



  • The Prosecutor General’s Office blocked the website of the new project of the Novaya Gazeta team.
  • In Moscow, eight people were detained during an anti-war rally at the monument to victims of political repressions, “Wall of Sorrow.”


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