The Basmanny District Court of Moscow sentenced journalist Alexander Nevzorov in absentia to eight years in a penal colony in the case of spreading “fakes” about the Russian army (point “e” of part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code), we were told in court.
The term of punishment for a journalist will be calculated from the moment of his detention on the territory of the Russian Federation or extradition to Russia. In addition, the court, at the request of the state prosecution, deprived Nevzorov of the right to make publications on the Internet for four years.
A day earlier, the prosecutor requested nine years in prison for Nevzorov.
According to investigators, from March to May last year, the journalist published on his Telegram channel, YouTube channel and Instagram texts and videos with “knowingly false information” about the crimes of the Russian military in Mariupol and Bucha.
On May 4 last year, the Russian Interior Ministry put him on the wanted list. On May 6, the Basmanny Court arrested him in absentia.
In the 2012 presidential election, Nevzorov was a confidant of Vladimir Putin, but he is now actively campaigning for the return of Crimea to Ukraine and the complete liberation of Donbass. In April 2022, the Russian Ministry of Justice added Nevzorov to the list of media outlets as “foreign agents”. The journalist is outside Russia.
The defendants in the cases under the article about “fakes” about the Russian army, introduced in Russia in early March, were, among other things, media manager Ilya Krasilshchik, politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, writer Dmitry Glukhovsky, lawyer Dmitry Talantov.
Some cases have already been sentenced. So, the Moscow municipal deputy Alexei Gorinov was sentenced to 6 years and 11 months in prison, and the politician Ilya Yashin – to 8 years and 6 months.
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