Repression in Russia: persecution of Hizb ut-Tahrir activists in Crimea

August 8



  • The Supreme Court of Khakassia extended the arrest of the editor-in-chief of the online publication “New Focus” Mikhail Afanasyev for 2 months in the case of “fakes” about the Russian army.
  • A court in Moscow fined Marina Ovsyannikova, the former editor of Channel One, 40,000 rubles for an administrative article on discrediting the army because of a Facebook post.
  • A court in Moscow sentenced Jehovah’s Witnesses Yuri Temirbulatov and Alexander Serebryakov to 6.5 years of probation each.
  • A court in Kaliningrad sentenced activist Vadim Khairullin to a year of imprisonment in a general regime colony under the “Dadin” article (repeated violation of the rules of participation in public actions, Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).


August 9



  • In Moscow, a graduate of the FSB institute wrote a denunciation to the police about a friend of his wife because he put likes under pro-Ukrainian posts on social networks.
  • The Basmanny Court extended the arrest of the politician Vladimir Kara-Murza. He has been in a Moscow pre-trial detention center since April on charges of spreading “fakes” about the Russian army (Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
  • In Mordovia, Nikita R., a 16-year-old resident of the village of Zubova Polyana, was prosecuted under the article on the rehabilitation of Nazism (Part 4 of Article 354.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). He published on VK a photo with his pants down against the background of Eternal Flame.


August 10



  • In Moscow, the journalist Maria Ovsyannikova was searched. She was charged with spreading “fakes” about the army because of a poster with the inscription: “Putin is a murderer. His soldiers are fascists.”
  • In Omsk, Dmitry Petrenko, a deputy of the local City Council, was put on the wanted list and arrested in absentia, accused of spreading “fakes” about the Russian army.
  • In Ishimbai in Bashkortostan, Boris Borisov was sent to a pre-trial detention center. He was accused of damaging the monument of military glory. Being drunk, he knocked down granite slabs with a description of military equipment on the ground.
  • Two anti-fascists Ilya Vinogradov and Daniil Ivanov were detained in Krasnoyarsk. They are accused that in July they allegedly committed a robbery and were going to set fire to the military enlistment office in protest against the invasion of Ukraine.
  • Security forces in Kazan detained a local resident Dmitry Isakov – presumably in the case of applying paint to the symbol Z (Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Vandalism”).
  • The “anti-war case” defendants from Kirov, Richard and Maria Rose, had a preventive measure extended until October 14. Richard is in a pre-trial detention center, and his wife has imposed restrictions from certain actions.


August 11



  • The former head of the Serpukhov district of the Moscow region, Alexander Shestun, was sentenced to another 6 months of strict regime. He was found guilty of threatening and insulting a judge and the Prosecutor General’s Office employees. In December 2020, the court sentenced the ex-official to 15 years in a strict regime colony.
  • Crimean Tatar activists detained in Crimea:  Enver Krosh, Vilen Temeryanov, Murat Mustafayev, Seityai Abbozov, Edem Bekirov, and Rinat Aliyev. They are accused of involvement in the activities of the Hizb ut-Tahrir party banned in Russia.
  • A court in Moscow has sent journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, accused of spreading “fakes” about the army, under house arrest until October 9.
  • In Taganrog, a court sentenced Vitaly Mishin, a veteran of the Chechen war with a disability, to five years probation under an article about the distribution of “fakes” about the Russian army. The reason for the initiation of the case was his comment on social networks.
  • The court arrested Kirill Suvorov, adviser to the head of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, for 15 days. He was charged with publicly displaying Nazi symbols because of a Facebook post. Suvorov has already served 15 days in a special detention center for the same post. However, the charges were presented based on the article of identifying the actions of the USSR and Nazi Germany.
  • The court sentenced Pavel Pervadchuk, a resident of Kaliningrad, to a fine of 420 thousand rubles under the article on calls to terrorism on the Internet (Part 2 of Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) because of a video in VK.


August 12



  • The Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow refused to remove the status of a “foreign agent” to the politician Vladimir Kara-Murza.
  • A criminal case was opened against Nizhny Novgorod activist and blogger Alexey Onoshkin on “fakes” about the army because of a post in VK on a blow to the Mariupol Drama Theater.


August 13

  • A resident of Novosibirsk became involved in a criminal case on the rehabilitation of Nazism because of posts and comments on social networks.


August 14



  • In Volgograd, 43 administrative protocols on the demonstration of extremist symbols and the “discrediting” of the army were drawn up against local activist Vitaly Gotra. He was sent under arrest for 15 days.
  • In Chelyabinsk, Moscow, Krasnodar, Sochi, Kemerovo, and Novosibirsk, the police searched the homes of the heads of the “New Generation” Pentecostal church. They are charged with participating in activities of an undesirable organization.


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