The Oktyabrsky Court of Ulan-Ude sentenced 61-year-old Natalia Filonova to two years and ten months in a penal colony in the case of an attack on four police officers after an anti-war rally in September 2022. This was reported by the telegram channel “People of Baikal”.
Taking into account the time that the pensioner spent under house arrest and in a pre-trial detention center, the term was reduced to a year and five months in a colony.
The victims are four police officers Andrei Laptev, Artur Symbelov, Sergei Romanov and Ayur Danzanov. They did not come to the announcement of the verdict. The police claimed that Filonova beat them, scratched them, hit one in the face with a pen, and broke the finger of another.
A case was opened against the pensioner in September 2022, and on November 17 she was sent to a pre-trial detention center for violating the rules of house arrest. In protest, she went on a hunger strike.
Natalya Filonova is a journalist who has covered protests in Russia. She alone brings up the 15-year-old adopted son Vladimir Alalykin with a disability. In December last year, the guardianship authorities forcibly took away her son, and in March they sent him to an orphanage in the Barguzinsky district.
In February 2021, she was accused of repeatedly violating the rules for holding a rally and fined 250 thousand rubles, later this fine was canceled. However, Filonova was fined 500,000 rubles on charges of disobeying a police officer at the same rally. In April 2022, the activist was again fined 150,000 for participating in a rally in support of political prisoners.
In the same month, another incident happened to Filonova. The woman got on a city bus, saw the letter Z pasted at the entrance to the passenger compartment, which became a symbol of Russian aggression in Ukraine, and asked the driver to remove it. However, the driver called the police. In May, a court arrested her for five days on administrative charges of petty hooliganism and resisting the police, and she was also fined 1,000 rubles. In June, the court fined the activist 35,000 rubles for her next request to the bus driver to remove the sticker with the letter Z, but under the article about “discrediting” the Russian army.