The Khamovniki Court of Moscow arrested Denis Mustafin and Anton Malgazhdarov for 15 days for an anti-war banner hung outside the Ministry of Defense building on Russia Day. They were found guilty under the article on disobedience to the police (Article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). About it informs “OVD-Info” with reference to the lawyer of the detainees Sergei Telnov.
On Sunday, June 12, a banner with the image of the Russian flag and the inscription “Today is not my day” was hung on the embankment near the building of the Russian Ministry of Defense. The action, timed to coincide with the Day of Russia, was staged by anonymous Moscow artists. At the same time, their statement was circulated.
“Victory summaries of state television channels, infographics of polls adjusted for wartime and the results of referendums at gunpoint inevitably create only a hastily tailored tricolor illusion of a new Russian world in which each of us is its guide,” it said.
On the evening of June 12, the police detained Mustafin and Malgazhdarov. It is known about the latter that he was taken from his apartment without a passport and phone and taken to the police department. Two protocols were drawn up against Malgazhdarov: on disobedience to a police officer and for repeated violation of the order of the action. Mustafin and Malgazhdarov spent the night in the department.
By counting human rights project “OVD-Info”, at least 67 people were detained on Russia Day. Of these, 43 are in the Moscow metro using a face recognition system. Some of the detainees were told by the police that they had a “Day of Russia” orientation sign on them.
According to report about repressions, since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 16 thousand people have been detained at anti-war actions. The reason for the detention was, among other things, clothes in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, anti-war symbols, or laying flowers at the Ukrainian embassy.