The Privokzalny District Court of Tula imposed two years of restriction of freedom and a fine of 180,000 rubles each on charges of vandalism motivated by political hatred (Part 2 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code) and incitement to extremist activity (Part 1 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code), reports Solidarity Zone initiative.
The reason for the case was leaflets and inscriptions “Overthrow Putler! Stop the war!” at the entrances of residential buildings and public places.
Anarchists Zavadsky and Khandzhigazov were detained in March 2022. First, the court placed them under house arrest, then the measure of restraint was softened to a ban on certain actions, and now they are under a written undertaking not to leave. As part of the restriction of freedom, they were forbidden to leave Tula without the permission of the supervisory authority.
“Mediazona” calculated that during the year of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than six thousand protocols on “discrediting” the Russian army were submitted to the Russian courts. At least 503 people, according to OVD-Info, became defendants in criminal cases because of their anti-war position.
On March 17, a court in the Tver region sentenced Alexander Martynov to six and a half years in prison and his wife Lyudmila to seven years in prison under articles on military fakes and vandalism. Under the article about “fakes”, Martynov was charged with posts in Odnoklassniki: a repost of a record about the killed residents of Mariupol, where the Russian military was called “scum”, as well as a video where Sergei Surovikin was called a war criminal.
Razumova, according to investigators, made six entries on the social network with a video that talked about shelling by the Russian army of civilians in Ukraine and destroyed cities. In particular, in some of them the military of the Russian Federation was called “rashists” and “vata-fascists”.
Later they were charged with an article on vandalism. According to the investigation, Martynov and Razumova, using paint and a stencil “in the form of a merger of two people, V.V. Putin and A. Hitler,” left inscriptions in the villages of Mokshino, Varaksino, Teshilovo, in the villages of Mirny and Novozavidovsky. In particular, the prosecution believes that the couple wrote “Putler kaput” and “Ukraine, forgive us” on the wall of the “Konfetka” store in Novozavidovskoye. The indictment states that by doing so they did not harm the owner of the establishment. Also, according to the prosecution, Razumova and Martynov left the phrases “Peace to Ukraine”, “Putin is war” and others.
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