In Primorye, after searches, two Jehovah’s Witnesses Boris Andreev, 70, and Natalia Sharapova, 49, were arrested and sent to a pre-trial detention center.
A court in Izhevsk sentenced Anastasia Ponkina, a participant in a rally supporting Navalny, to two years of probation. She was found guilty of hooliganism committed on the grounds of political enmity (paragraph “b” of Part 1 of Article 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
In St. Petersburg, a nurse Maxim Asriyan was sent to a pre-trial detention center on suspicion of attempted arson of the military enlistment office. He is accused under the article on attempted commission of a terrorist act.
A criminal case was opened in Naberezhnye Chelny on the “repeated discrediting” of the Russian army. The reason for the initiation of the case against Albert Mansurov was his anti-war publications in VK. Mansurov is currently outside of Russia.
The court sentenced a Jehovah’s Witness from the Krasnoyarsk Region to 3 years of conditional imprisonment. 59-year-old Ildar Urazbakhtin was found guilty of organizing the activities of an extremist organization.
The leader of the Yakut “Yabloko” Anatoly Nogovitsyn, against whom a case of “repeated discrediting” of the army was initiated, was sent for a forensic psychiatric examination. Since the end of September, he has received restrictions on certain actions.
In Moscow, a criminal case was opened against a student of Moscow State University, Viktor Gorelyshev, under an article about vandalism because of the inscription “No war” on the monument to Mikhail Lomonosov.
The court sentenced a Jehovah’s Witness from the Khabarovsk Territory to 5 years of conditional imprisonment. Boris Yagovitov was found guilty of participating in the activities of an extremist organization and involvement in it.
In St. Petersburg, a criminal case was opened against 60-year-old Irina Tsybaniova because of a note left on the grave of Vladimir Putin’s parents. It read: “The parents of the maniac, take him away, there is so much pain and trouble caused by him, the whole world is begging for his death. Let Putin die. You have raised a monster and a murderer.” The court sent the woman under house arrest.
In Kazan, because of anti-war leaflets, the police raided a store that sold promotional products of an online magazine for students “Groza”.
In St. Petersburg, a new criminal case was opened against Oleg Belousov, who is in the pre-trial detention center in the case of military “fakes”. Now he is accused of calling for extremism on the Internet (Part 2 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
In Smolensk, the prosecutor requested 6 years in a penal colony for the accused in the case of spreading “fakes” about the army, Vladimir Zavyalov. Zavyalov is under house arrest for replacing the price tags in the supermarket with anti-war leaflets.
In Elista, the prosecution requested 7 years in a penal colony for Altan Ochirov, accused of spreading “fakes” about the army. He is in a pre-trial detention center.
In Ryazan, a court arrested a local, Nikolai Baranov, suspected of attempting to fire the military enlistment office and the courthouse.
A criminal case was opened against a 25-year-old resident of the Amur Region, Nikolay Titarenko, on public calls to carry out activities against the state’s security due to the publication of a video of the Atesh movement on telegram.
A case was opened against Vitaly Torochkov and Polina Roots, a married couple from Cherepovets, on the public justification of terrorism on the Internet (Part 2 of Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Relatives associate their persecution with the anti-war position and support for Ukraine. Their five children were taken away by the children’s care service. The spouses have been arrested.
The court in Crimea extended the term of detention in the pre-trial detention center for three months for the artist and activist Bogdan Ziza. He doused the administration building of Yevpatoria with blue and yellow paints.
It became known that a criminal case was opened against the composer and musician Prokhor Protasov. The reason was presumably his anti-war posts on social networks. Protasov is on the wanted list, and he lives in Canada.
A criminal case about military “fakes” was launched against a Russian woman who emigrated to Canada 3 years ago. The woman was put on the wanted list.
According to Mediazona, since the beginning of March 2022, 4,644 administrative cases on “discrediting” the army have been submitted to the courts of Russia (20.3.3 of the Administrative Code).
In Crimea, the court arrested five defendants in the case of the Crimean Bridge bombing. Artem Azatian, Georgy Azatian, Roman Solomko, Vladimir Zloba, and Artur Terchanyane were sent to jail.
According to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, 402 captured battlers of the Ukrainian Azov regiment in Russia are in pre-trial detention centers.
In Primorye, the court sent Jehovah’s Witness Anatoly Li to a pre-trial detention center.
According to OVD-Info, in the first half of 2022, Russian courts considered 16,151 cases in the first instance under articles on violation of the rules of holding a public event (20.2 Administrative Code) and “unauthorized mass gathering” (20.2.2 Administrative Code) and 2,955 cases on “discrediting” the Russian army (20.3.3 Administrative Code). The fines in these cases amounted to 257 million rubles, of which 85 million rubles were issued under the article “discrediting” the army. This article appeared in the Code of Administrative Offences in March 2022.
In Krasnoyarsk, the court appointed a 41-year-old local resident with 2.5 years of forced labor in the case of the rehabilitation of Nazism because of comments on the social network.
In Crimea, a 30-year-old resident of Kerch was detained in a criminal case on calls to extremism on the Internet (Part 2 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code) because he wished death to the Russian military in the telegram chat.
In Nizhny Novgorod, a court sentenced electrical engineer Lev Lerman to 4 years in a penal colony for allegedly illegally acquiring weapons. Lerman’s relatives associate the criminal prosecution with his anti-war position.
In the Komi Republic, the court sent eco-activist Alexey Semenov under house arrest in the case of repeated “discrediting” of the army (Part 1 of Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
A court in Crimea fined 67-year-old Asia Chapukh for 61 thousand rubles on articles of disrespect for the authorities, “discrediting” the Russian army, and displaying prohibited symbols due to Facebook posts.
Citizen of Belarus, political prisoner Yuri Kostyuk was taken away from the pre-trial detention center in the Krasnodar Territory. According to human rights activists, he could be extradited to his homeland, where he faces a prison sentence.
In the Komi Republic, the court sent activist Vladislav Kraval to jail on charges of vandalism motivated by political hatred (Part 2 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and a false report about the planned arson of the military enlistment office (part 2 of Article 207 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
In Petrozavodsk, a criminal case on vandalism (Part 1 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) was initiated against a 16-year-old local resident because of the extinguished Eternal Flame.
WOT Foundation/Memorial Support Center for Political Prisoners