May 17, 2022

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War in Ukraine: A famous Russian protester was arrested for “misinformation”

Spreading “false information about the use of Russian armed forces” carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in Russia, according to a new article in the Penal Code adopted by Russian authorities in early March.

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LVladimir Kara-Mourza, a Russian opponent of the Kremlin, was detained until Friday as part of an investigation into “misinformation” about military operations in Ukraine, his lawyer said.

A Moscow court has remanded Vladimir Kara-Mursa in custody until June 12, according to a statement posted on Facebook by lawyer Vadim Prokhorov. The court confirmed the move in a statement issued by Russian news agencies.

In the morning, Vadim Prokhorov was arrested by a powerful Russian intelligence team as part of an investigation into spreading “false information” about the military. Kara-Maurza announced that he was being investigated.

Authorities have beefed up their legal weapons to curb communications related to military operations in Ukraine. Other similar investigations have been opened against critics of the conflict. It suffices to use the words “war” or “invasion” to describe the intervention in Ukraine.

Mr. Kara-Maurza, 40, has repeatedly criticized military intervention in recent weeks, especially on social media.

Prior to his pre-trial detention, he was behind bars after being sentenced on April 12 to 15 days in prison for “disobedience to the police.”

The former journalist was close to Boris Nemtsov, an enemy assassinated in 2015 not far from the Kremlin. He also worked for the organization of Mikhail Kodarkovsky, a former Russian oligarch who criticized Vladimir Putin.

One of the last major enemies living in Russia, Mr. Kara-Mursa claims to have been poisoned twice in 2015 and 2017 because of his political activities.



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