A woman walks in a snowy park in Moscow
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Rusnak was sentenced to 10 days in prison for writing “Net voyne” (not to the war) in the snow in a Moscow park, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
According to the court decision, the incident took place on November 23, and the perpetrator – Dmitry Fedorov, was convicted the next day after being detained by the police. The inscription was made on a snow-covered turnstile at the entrance to an ice rink in Gorky Park in the Russian capital.
The police decided that Fedorov’s actions could constitute a civil offense under a law against discrediting the Russian military, which was passed after the start of the war in Ukraine. According to this law, such a crime should be punishable by a fine.
According to Reuters, nearly 20,000 people have been detained since the beginning of the war under this law, under which more than 800 criminal cases have been initiated.
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Fyodorov, who admitted in court to writing “No to war” in the snow, was jailed for ten days for disobeying police and allegedly refusing to go to a police station, something he denied.
He was fined an undisclosed amount, according to Russian media reports, although that fact was not mentioned in court documents posted online.
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Earlier this month, a court in St. Petersburg jailed an artist for seven years for replacing price tags in a supermarket with messages calling for an end to the war in Ukraine. A sentence that her supporters called a disgraceful mockery of justice, Reuters recalled.