Repression in Russia: Kara-Murza accused


August 1



  • A criminal case was opened against Sergei Veselov, a resident of Shuya, for discrediting the armed forces for publishing anti-war videos.
  • Since the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine, criminal cases have been initiated against 44 people in Russia under the article on vandalism (Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). 11 of them are being prosecuted for defacing the letter Z, six are in custody.
  • The prosecutor’s office has requested Voronezh activist Grigory Severin to 2.5 years in prison because of his post in VK.


August 2



  • In Tula, a criminal case was opened under the article on discrediting the Russian army against 38-year-old Andrei Pavlov because of posts on social networks.
  • In the Krasnoyarsk Territory, a criminal case was opened against a resident of Zheleznogorsk. He tried to paint over the letter “Z” on the banner. Roman Balyasin is accused of using violence against an FSB officer in civilian clothes who attacked him.
  • In Norilsk, another case was initiated against the defendant in the case of the burned St. George ribbon — about calls to terrorism. The investigation considers the young man an adherent of “radical Ukrainian nationalism.”
  • The Ministry of Justice has issued manuals explaining how to conduct an examination based on new articles: “statement of fact” refers to an article about “fakes” and a negative “opinion” about the actions of the army — to “discredit.”
  • A court in Moscow sentenced the creator of the project “police Ombudsman” Vladimir Vorontsov to 5 years in a general regime colony in the case of extortion, production of pornography, and insulting a representative of the authorities. Vorontsov was also stripped of the rank of police major.


August 3



  • A case was opened against Tomsk journalist and politician Alexei Shitik on an article about “fakes” about the Russian army. He is currently outside of Russia.
  • In Tolyatti, a case was opened under the article on vandalism due to the damage of banners. It demonstrated military participants of the Russian invasion to Ukraine. According to investigators, 46-year-old Alexey Arbuzenko threw paint on them and put some “cynical” inscriptions.
  • Media manager Ilya Krasilshchik, accused of spreading “fakes” about the army, had accounts in Russia for one and a half million rubles arrested.


August 4



  • Journalist and opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza was charged with the activities of an “undesirable” organization (Part 1 of Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Kara-Murza is accused of organizing and holding a conference on Russian political prisoners in Moscow on October 27, 2021. According to the prosecution, the event was held with the money of the NGO Free Russia Foundation.
  • A court in Penza sentenced Irina Gen, an English teacher, to 5 years of probation in the case of “fakes,” which was initiated on the denunciation of students.
  • The Ministry of Internal Affairs has put on the wanted list a deputy of the Novosibirsk City Council Helga Pirogova in the case of “fakes.” assistants, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Vladimir Arzhanov, are also wanted.
  •  The Investigative Committee initiated a case on the rehabilitation of Nazism in Ulan‑Ude: unknown people extinguished the Eternal Flame in the Victory Memorial Park.
  •  A court in Tyumen sentenced Anton Shamonov to six months of correctional labor in the case of “fakes” because of comments in VK.
  •  Kirill Levchenko, a former candidate for the Berdsk City Council, has been put on the wanted list in the case of “fakes.”
  • The Khimki court sentenced American basketball player Brittney Griner to 9 years in prison in a drug smuggling case: it is alleged that vape cartridges with hashish oil were found in her luggage during a search.
  • In Tyumen, ten Muslims were sentenced to terms from 11 to 18 years in prison in the case of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir.
  • Three Crimean lawyers Lilya Gemedzhi, Rustem Kamilev, and Nazim Sheikhmambetov were deprived of their professional status. All three acted as defenders in many criminal trials against members of Hizb ut-Tahrir.


August 5



  • In the Nizhny Novgorod region, Kirill Belousov, a 24-year-old employee of the E Center, was fired from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as he did not open cases on denunciations because of anti-war publications.
  • Novosibirsk scientist, Director of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ITPM), The Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Shiplyuk was arrested in the case of treason. This is the third scientist arrested in Novosibirsk over the summer.
  • The court sentenced a Jehovah’s witness from the Krasnoyarsk Region, Alexander Kabanov, to 2.5 years of probation.


August 6



  • A court in Cherkessk arrested a “supporter” of the “Right Sector,” who was accused by the FSB of preparing terrorist attacks in the buildings of the prosecutor’s office and the military enlistment office (Part 1 of Article 30, paragraph “a” of Part 2 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
  • In Kerch, a criminal case was opened against a 26-year-old local resident about the “desecration” of the Eternal Flame because ‑of dancing on a pedestal and having a wreath thrown into the fire.


August 7



  • Roskomnadzor, at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, blocked Patreon and Grammarly services in Russia.


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