Repression in Russia: Searches of activists from Golos, Kara-Murza on charges of treason

October 3

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has declared the inclusion of the journalist Marina Ovsyannikova on the federal wanted list. On October 1, information appeared about her escape from house arrest ordered based on the article on “fakes” about the army (Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

In Lipetsk, according to an article on military “fakes”, a criminal case was opened against the activist of the Yabloko party, Alexander Grigoriev.

A criminal case was initiated against the Kalmyk activist Erentsen Dolyaev on the grounds of “fakes” about the army in the posts on telegram social media. He is currently outside of Russia.

In North Ossetia, because of an image on the Internet, a criminal case was initiated against a 40-year-old resident of Vladikavkaz under an article on the abuse of state symbols of the Russian Federation.

The FSB detained a 28-year-old resident of Kherson, suspected of transmitting data to the SBU on the movements of Russian troops and local collaborators.

In the Krasnoyarsk region, security forces searched  Georgy Zykov— presumably because of anti-war posts on social networks.

In Nizhny Novgorod, the court transferred local activist Alexei Onoshkin, accused of spreading “fakes” about the Russian army, from a pre-trial detention center to a psychiatric hospital until the end of the investigation period in the case.


October 4

In Kerch, the court arrested Ilya Gantsevsky, accused of spreading “fakes”, in absentia, for two months. The reason for the initiation of the case was a post on Instagram. The activist left Russia.

In Dzerzhinsk, security forces came to Andrey Rudom’s home because of an anti-war post posted in a group for which the blogger was an administrator. A case of “discrediting” the Russian army has been initiated.

In Tver, a criminal case was initiated against a resident about calls to extremism because of comments in a telegram under a post about a rally against mobilization.

The State Council of Crimea demanded to recognize the Ukrainian song “Chervona Kalyna” as an extremist.

In the Kostroma region, the security forces came to search the house of the mother of Alexander Zykov, the ex-head of Navalny’s headquarters in Kostroma and Saratov. The activist is currently outside of Russia.


October 5

In Moscow, the office of the Golos movement, five members of the movement, as well as mathematician and election expert Sergei Shpilkin were searched in the case of Mikhail Gusev on discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. In the Pskov region, local deputies from the Yabloko party and the editor of the Pskov Province Denis Kamalyagin were searched in the same case.

In Moscow, the court did not arrest in absentia the former employee of the First Channel Marina Ovsyannikova. Earlier it became known that she, accompanied by her daughter, had escaped from house arrest and been put on the wanted list.

In Kazan, the court sent an 11th-grader under house arrest in the case of arson of the military enlistment office.

In Moscow, opposition politician Ilya Yashin was finally charged under the article on the distribution of military “fakes”.

In Kirov, Maria Rose was charged under articles on the dissemination of “fakes” about the army and calls for extremist activities. The case was initiated because of posts on VK social network.

The first in Russia criminal case for evading mobilization (Article 328 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) has been initiated: a 32-year-old man from Penza refused to sign as an acknowledgment of the summons receipt. For this, he was detained by OMON police and sent to the detention unit.

In Vladivostok, the police detained a resident who chained himself to a fence and shouted into a megaphone “Stop the war!”.

In St. Petersburg, security forces conducted searches in the case of telephone terrorism (Article 207 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) by local activists Valeria Kovalishina and Evgenia Kazantseva.

In Moscow, the police took a fifth-grader from lessons, whose avatar had blue-yellow flowers, because of the denunciation of the school principal.

In the Volgograd region, the court seized the property of Jehovah’s Witnesses in favor of the state.

In the Voronezh Region, the court fined 30,000 rubles a resident of Rossosh because of a comment on VK under a video recording of Vladimir Putin’s address. He was found guilty under the article on “disrespect for the authorities” (Part 3 of Article 20.1 of the Administrative Code).


October 6

The court in Abakan extended the detention in jail for another two months to the editor-in-chief of the online publication “New Focus” Mikhail Afanasyev in the case of military “fakes”.

Vladimir Kara-Murza, who is in jail, was charged with treason. This is the third criminal case against an opposition politician. This time the basis for the charges was Kara-Murza’s speeches criticizing the Russian authorities.

The court in St. Petersburg sentenced Nikolay Vorotnev to a year of restriction of freedom in the case of vandalism. He painted 2 stripes of blue and yellow on howitzers that stand near the Military History Museum of the Ministry of Defense.

In Petrozavodsk, a second case was opened against 77-year-old Tatiana Savinkina on the “repeated discrediting” of the army (Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) because of a leaflet that a woman allegedly pasted in the elevator of a residential building.

In Moscow, Nikolai Daineko, a participant in the Mayakovsky Readings, was charged under the article on inciting hatred with the threat of violence (paragraph “a” of Part 2 of Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

In the Penza region, Maxim Moiseev, against whom the first case of evasion from mobilization was initiated in Russia, was released from the detention unit on the restriction of travel order.

A court in Sevastopol sentenced Jehovah’s Witnesses Yevgeny Zhukov, Vladimir Maladyka, and Vladimir Sakada to six years in a general regime colony each. The believers were found guilty of organizing the activities of an extremist community (Part 1 of Article 282.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).


October 7

In Nizhny Novgorod, a case was opened against a teacher and photographer Ilya Myaskovsky for “repeated discrediting” of the army because of reposting photos of anti-war graffiti.

The person involved in the case of “Mayakovsky Readings” Artem Kamardin, who is in jail, was charged under the article on inciting hatred with the threat of violence.

In Moscow, a case of “fakes” about the army was initiated against L.V. Tolmacheva. The woman has been arrested.

In the Rostov region, a criminal case on a terrorist act was opened against 37-year-old Roman Shvedov, suspected of setting fire to the administration building of the Zimovnikovsky district (Part 1 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

In Bashkortostan, the police detained a young man who went on a single picket dedicated to Vladimir Putin’s birthday. On his poster, he wrote: “Putin, this is your last anniversary. Go and devour, you beast.”

In Primorsky Krai, the wife and parents of journalist and activist Denis Ruzavin were searched. The reason was the journalist’s anti-war publications on the Internet. Ruzavin is currently outside of Russia.

A 23-year-old suspect in the arson of a military enlistment office was detained in Krasnoyarsk. A case of the attempted terrorist act has been initiated (Part 3 of Article 30, Part 1 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

At St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport, FSB officers detained 26-year-old Maxim Asriyan on suspicion of terrorism (Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Asriyan’s wife relates the detention to her husband’s anti-war position.

In the Omsk region, a report was drawn up on a mobilized employee of the fire and rescue unit Ivan Syarga under the article on violation of the high-alert regime (Article 20.6.1 of the Administrative Code) due to a single picket with a poster “Where is the help?”.


October 8

In Ulan-Ude, the police detained two 17-year-olds suspected of setting fire to a banner with a tricolor and the letter V. A case of vandalism has been initiated (Part 1 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

Former State Duma deputy from “Spraviedlivaya Rossia” Ilya Ponomarev was included in the wanted list. At the end of August, the court arrested him in absentia in the case of “fakes” about the army motivated by political hatred (paragraph “d” of Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code).


October 9

A court in Moscow arrested activist Grigory Saksonov for 28 days after a picket with a poster on which he wrote “Putin” and depicted a swastika.

In the Krasnodar region, a resident by the name of Goncharenko, suspected of setting fire to the military enlistment office of the city of Goryachy Klyuch, was detained.


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