Repression in Russia: Andrej Zajakin, founder of the anti-plagiarism group “Dissernet” detained

August 29



  • A criminal case was opened in Karelia under the article of “fakes” about the army against Ruben Pogosyan. He has been detained. The reason for the case was the reposts in VK.
  • Andrey Zayakin, the co-founder of the Dissernet community, was detained in Moscow. He is accused of financing “extremist activities” due to the transfer of 1,000 rubles to the Alexei Navalny Anti-Corruption Fund.
  • Irina Danilovich, a nurse arrested in Crimea, was accused of making an explosive device stuffed with medical needles.


August 30



  • The prosecutor requested 24 years in prison for the journalist and former adviser to the head of Roscosmos Ivan Safronov. He has been accused of treason.
  • A second criminal case was opened against Pyotr Borovinskikh, a resident of Kopeysk in the Chelyabinsk region, accused under an article about “fakes” about the Russian army. He is charged with disrespect for the days of military glory and memorable dates associated with the defense of the Fatherland because of anti-war posts in VK.
  • In the Irkutsk region, a criminal case was opened against a 39-year-old man for “fakes” about the army.
  • The court sentenced 12 police officers to 1.5 years of suspended imprisonment who stood in line between the guards and protesters during the March 27, 2019, rally in Magas. They were found guilty of non-execution of the order (Part 2 of Article 286.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
  • In Moscow, the court arrested the politician Leonid Gozman for 15 days under the article on identifying the actions of the USSR and Nazi Germany (13.48 Administrative Code) because of a Facebook post.


August 31



  • A court in Moscow has liquidated Lev Ponomarev’s human rights organization “Goryachaya Linia,” which cooperated with the UN Committee against Torture.
  • A court in Moscow arrested former State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev in absentia in the case of “fakes” about the army.
  • In Adygea, a case was opened against a 29-year-old prisoner for trying to join the armed forces of Ukraine (Article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to the investigation, the man publicly condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine and expressed a desire to join the ranks of the armed forces of Ukraine.
  • In Stavropol, the court sentenced  Andrei Enenko, and Arsen Lekarev were sentenced to two and two and a half years of imprisonment in a penal colony under the article on the rehabilitation of Nazism (Part 4 of Article 354.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) because they urinated on Eternal Flame.
  • An administrative protocol was drawn up on the actress Kristina Asmus about the “discrediting” of the army for the post. On February 24, the actress posted a black picture on her Instagram page with the caption: “Fear and pain. Please stop all this. No to war!!!!!”
  • In Moscow, the court approved the arrest in absentia of the artist Danila Tkachenko, who planned to arrange a performance with yellow-blue smoke on Tverskaya Street on May 9.
  • The head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Alexander Khinshtein, sent a draft law on responsibility for propaganda of LGBT and pedophilia to the Government of the Russian Federation for review. He proposed to fine Russians 50,000 to 200,000 rubles for the propaganda of non-traditional relations.
  • A court in Ufa recovered 147,000 rubles from the former coordinator of Navalny’s local headquarters, Lilia Chanysheva, and activists Olga Komleva and Ilham Yanberdin for additional police work at protest actions in support of Alexei Navalny in January 2021.


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