A court in Yekaterinburg fined 80-year-old pensioner Galina Bastrygina 30,000 rubles under an article about “discrediting” the Russian army (Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). About it reported in the telegram channel “Vecherniye Vedomosti” with reference to the lawyer Ildar Sadykov.
Bastrygina was detained on May 8 in Yekaterinburg’s Victory Park. In the video published by the publication, the woman explained to the journalist that she was handing out leaflets “for peace”, and decided to show one of them to the correspondent. A policeman immediately ran up to them and tore the leaflet out, shouting: “The leaflet is a violation of the law.”
Pavel Chikov, head of the Agora human rights group, reported on May 22 that Russian courts had considered 2,029 administrative cases on “discrediting” the Russian Armed Forces. On average, the courts deal with 40 cases every working day. The fine under this article is from 30 to 50 thousand rubles.
Under article 280.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Repeated discrediting of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation by a person previously brought to administrative responsibility for similar actions”), there is information about at least four criminal cases that are being investigated in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Blagoveshchensk, Kemerovo and Nalchik.