In Moscow, a case was opened against volunteer Evgeny Mishchenko, who was on duty at the Nemtsov Bridge, for “justifying terrorism” (Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code). Avtozak LIVE writes about this. As OVD-Info clarifies, we are talking about the second part of the article – “justifying terrorism on the Internet.” According to Avtozak LIVE, Mishchenko was detained on September 11. The preventive measure for the activist should be chosen on September 13. The details of the case are still unknown.
Mishchenko regularly monitored the safety of the memorial to Russian politician Boris Nemtsov on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge in Moscow, where he was killed on February 27, 2015. In July of the same year, five people were convicted of murdering a hired politician as part of an organized group, but the client was never found.
Moscow authorities have repeatedly tried to liquidate the memorial at the site of Nemtsov’s murder, but they continue to restore it.
The fine under the article on “justifying terrorism on the Internet” varies from 300 thousand to one million rubles. The maximum penalty is imprisonment for a term of up to seven years. After the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the number of cases under this article increased significantly. One of the latest high-profile cases of “justification of terrorism” was brought against theater director Evgenia Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk. The reason for initiating a criminal case was the play “Finist Yasny Falcon” by Berkovich. Its plot is based on the story of women who decided to marry Islamic militants and go to Syria.