A court in Moscow registered a case against Yuri Khovansky under Part 1 of Article 205.2 of the Russian Criminal Code (“Justifying Terrorism”). Drawn attention to this head of the human rights group “Agora” Pavel Chikov. Previously, the blogger was accused under article 205.2 of the Russian Criminal Code – in addition to justifying terrorism, he was charged with calls for its implementation.
The blogger’s lawyer, Alexander Peredruk, said that the qualification of the crime had been changed – there had been a change in the severity of the alleged crime from grave to moderate. Thus, under part 1 of article 205.2, a more lenient punishment is provided – up to five years in prison (under part two – up to seven years).
“This essentially means that the statute of limitations for the crime has now expired,” the lawyer stressed.
As Pavel Chikov notes, Khovansky cannot be subjected to criminal punishment even if found guilty.
“If we lived according to the laws, and everything would be fair, then they could not keep me in a pre-trial detention center for seven months and, in general, be charged under this article,” said Khovansky in his telegram channel, adding that it is too early to celebrate the victory.
More than 4.45 million people have subscribed to YouTube blogger Yuri Khovansky. In the summer of 2021, operatives broke into Khovansky’s St. Petersburg apartment and put the blogger face down on the floor. The apartment was searched, and photographs of the search results on the same day appeared on the Internet. The blogger was accused of justifying terrorism for a song he performed on a stream in 2012.
Khovansky spent more than six months in a pre-trial detention center, at the end of 2021, the court changed his preventive measure: instead of arrest, a ban on certain actions was chosen for the blogger.