Repression in Russia: fine for ‘sad emoticon’ under post about war in Ukraine


July 25



  • A deputy from Novosibirsk, Helga Pirogova, left Russia for Georgia after a criminal case was opened against her for the dissemination of “fakes” about the army. Pirogova is four months pregnant.
  • In Barnaul, Alexey Argunov, a medical college teacher, was fined for reactions to anti-war posts in Odnoklassniki. This is the first time an article about the discrediting of the Russian army (20.3.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation) was imputed not for publication or reposting but for a “sad emoji” under someone else’s post against the war.
  • A court in Moscow sentenced Daniil Tikhomirov, detained in March with an anti-war flag on his car, to 1.5 years in a penal colony under the article on the use of violence against a policeman.


July 26



  • A court in Moscow arrested the artist Danila Tkachenko in absentia, who was planning an anti-war rally near the Kremlin on May 9. The authorities disrupted the rally — and sent his friend Grigory Mumrikov to a pre-trial detention center. In the criminal case of hooliganism, he has been in custody for two and a half months.
  • In the Chelyabinsk region, the court imposed a fine of 500 thousand rubles on Jehovah’s Witness Ilya Olenin.


July 27



  • A new criminal case was opened in Dagestan because of reading books by Said Nursi.
  • It became known that on July 13, 2022, the Investigative Committee opened a new criminal case against the opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza under Part 1 of Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (carrying out the activities of an undesirable organization.
  • In Omsk, a case was opened against archaeologist Evgeny Kruglov for “fakes” about the army. He had reposted a summary of military operations in Bucha and Mariupol from a closed group in VK.
  • A third criminal case on military “fakes” was opened against the editor-in-chief of “Fortanga,” Isabella Evloeva.


July 28






July 29



  • In Tyumen, a court sentenced Eduard Shcherbakov to 6 months in a penal colony under articles about “fakes” about the Russian army and the rehabilitation of Nazism.
  • A criminal case was opened against the wife of the publicist and politician Leonid Gozman due to failure to inform about the second citizenship.
  • The FSB announced the detention of three supporters of the “Right Sector” in the village of the Lipetsk region, allegedly planning a terrorist attack; the leader of the “cell” was repeatedly convicted of pedophilia.
  •  In Belgorod, a denunciation was written against volunteer Zhanna Basanskaya, who helps the Russian military. She was called a “foreign agent” and accused of collecting information about the location of military units and statements against the war in Ukraine.
  • In Zelenograd, another criminal case was opened against “citizens of the USSR.”
  • In Moscow, a court arrested activist Mikhail Krieger for 10 days because of the stickers “Navalny is my president” and “I am against Putin. I am for Navalny” on his car.


July 30



  • In the Voronezh Region, the prosecution requested 2.5 years in a general regime colony for local activist Grigory Severin — he is charged with calls to extremist activity (Part 2 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) because of a post in VK.
  • In the Ivanovo region, a criminal case was opened against local activist Sergei Veselov under the article on discrediting the Russian army (Part 1 of Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).


July 31



  • In Moscow, the court arrested former employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, participants of the project “Police Ombudsman” Vasily Fedorov, Evgeny Moiseev, and Irina Andina in the case of false denunciation. Earlier, they made a film in which they talked about the illegal actions of the investigation in the case of Vladimir Vorontsov.
  • In the Krasnodar Region, the court fined 80 thousand rubles to workers of the Udarnaya thermal power plant, Yuri Osokin and Ilya Palchik, because of the inscriptions on the helmets “No war. Kill the state in yourself” and “Death to the enemies.”
  • Roman Taganov, an activist from Adygea, who was attacked by police officers, was sentenced to 3 years probation for using violence against a security officer.



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