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Russia convicts US-Russia dual citizen on grounds of “rehabilitating Nazism” over social media posts

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A court docket in St. Petersburg convicted and sentenced twin US-Russian Yuri Malev citizen to 3 and a half years in jail Wednesday on expenses of “rehabilitating Nazism” for social media posts which have been allegedly disrespectful in the direction of the army.

Malev was detained on December 9 of final 12 months for his posts made in June 2022 on Russian web site Odnoklassniki. The posts allegedly disrespected Saint George’s ribbon, a logo used to point valour in Russian army service. This alleged denigration concerned a picture of the ribbon captioned with obscene language.

On Might 8, 2023, proper earlier than Russia’s Victory Day, Malev once more posted. This time, it was a picture of the ribbon on a corpse, captioned “Methods to put on the St. George’s ribbon accurately.”

That is an incident in a latest collection of instances the place people have been accused of being disrespectful to the army. In March, an unbiased newspaper was fined for “discrediting the armed forces” by publishing an article exploring army recruitment of orphans. Earlier than that, in February, human rights activist Oleg Orlov was sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony for a similar cost of discrediting the army.

Malev was sentenced after allegedly admitting to the offence. The crime of “rehabilitating Nazism” is punishable by as much as 5 years in jail. Moreover, he’s not allowed to put up content material on-line for an 12 months and a half.

This conviction follows a string of arrests of twin US-Russia nationals previously few months. This contains journalist Alsu Kurmasheva, who was apprehended on expenses of failure to register as a overseas agent. She was additionally apprehended for distributing a e-book titled “No to Conflict. 40 Tales of Russians Opposing the Invasion of Ukraine”. Wall Road reporter Evan Gershkovich was additionally accused of attempting to acquire state secrets and techniques, and has continued to be in detention for an 12 months, together with his launch being requested by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The US State Division has stated that they’re conscious of Malev’s detention in Russia. Additional, a State Division spokesperson informed Russian state information company TASS, “The Division works to offer all applicable help” in case of a US citizen being detained abroad.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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