The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation has put Vladimir Volokhonsky, a municipal deputy from St. Petersburg, on the federal wanted list, reports Zaks.ru with reference to the department’s database. Previously, a criminal case was opened against him under three articles at once: justification of terrorism (Part 2 of Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code), “fakes” about the Russian army (Part 1 of Article 207.3) and repeated “discrediting” of the army (Article 280.3).
Volokhonsky himself commented on the search information in his Telegram channel like this: “And you constantly ask (actually, no), why did I shave? And so that they wouldn’t find it!”
It is unknown what became the reason for the case against the Mundep. The letter published by Volokhonsky states that charges were filed on October 20 at the Main Investigation Department of St. Petersburg. He emphasized that the investigation is being conducted by the First Department for Investigation of Particularly Important Cases.
Volokhonsky himself is not in Russia. He left in March 2022, after his place was searched in connection with the case of false mining. Shortly before leaving, he spoke out against Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine at one of the meetings of municipal council deputies. In October 2022, he was fined 30 thousand rubles under the article on “discrediting” the army (Article 20.3.3 of the Administrative Code).