A case was opened against the editor-in-chief of the Pskov Province, Denis Kamalyagin, for repeated “discrediting” of the Russian army (Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). He was scheduled for interrogation on November 28.
A case of repeated discrediting was opened against the journalist because in October 2022 he was fined under the relevant administrative article (Article 20.3.3 of the Administrative Code). The basis for this could be posts in his Telegram channel. Then the Pskov City Court ordered Kamalyagin to pay 35 thousand rubles.
“Despite the opinions of some people, I am not happy with this situation. This is not a “hero star”, as in the case of a foreign agency, these are great difficulties, in particular with movement. But nevertheless, it is obvious that this is such a tribute to the investigative authorities to our media, in which we express all those opinions that they do not like and which they consider “discrediting” the troops of the Russian Federation,” Kamalyagin commented on the criminal case.
Kamalyagin was one of the first individuals whom the Russian Ministry of Justice recognized as “foreign agents.” This happened in December 2020. In March 2022, the journalist left for Latvia.