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A screengrab of Maria Moskalyov, 12, describing the police search of her residence in Russia’s Tula area to Activatica, a web based portal supporting grassroots activism within the nation. (From Activatica/YouTube)

A Russian man whose 12-year-old daughter drew an anti-war image at college has been sentenced to 2 years in jail by a courtroom within the Tula area for his personal anti-war on-line posts, in keeping with Russian state information company RIA Novosti.

The person – Alexey Moskalyov – had been charged with “discrediting the Russian army” and was below home arrest after being accused of repeatedly publishing anti-war posts.

RIA Novosti stated that in keeping with the indictment, Moskalyov, “utilizing his private pc, posted on his web page in social networks statements within the type of text-graphic publications discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.”

A kind of posts learn: “Military of Russia. The oppressors round us,” in keeping with the courtroom, as quoted by Russian unbiased information web site Mediazona.

In April final 12 months, Moskalyov’s 12-year-old daughter Masha drew an image of Russian missiles being fired at a Ukrainian household and wrote “No to battle” and “Glory to Ukraine” throughout her artwork class, in keeping with Mediazona.

The college subsequently known as the police.

On December 30, Moskalyov’s home was searched in reference to the case of repeated “discrediting” of the Russian military additionally based mostly on his feedback on social media.

RIA Novosti stated prosecutors had requested two years in jail for Moskalyov. Moskalyov pleaded not responsible however failed to show as much as his listening to within the metropolis of Yefremov on Tuesday.

After Moskalyov was positioned below home arrest initially of this month, Masha – who he was elevating alone — was positioned in an orphanage. RIA Novosti stated the whereabouts of Masha’s mom have been unknown.

In a video published by the unbiased Russian Telegram channel SOTA, lawyer Vladimir Bilienko displayed a few of Maria’s drawings for her father.

“[There was] a letter for Dad. There’s a large coronary heart on the finish [and an inscription] ‘Dad, you’re my hero’,” Bilienko stated.

In keeping with the chairman of the fee for minors in Yefremov, Svetlana Davydova, the household had been “on a preventive checklist of households in a socially harmful scenario” since Might final 12 months.

Extra on the case: Alexander Brod, a member of the Human Rights Council, stated Moskalyov didn’t fulfill his obligations as a father, in keeping with RIA Novosti, including that Maria had not attended faculty for a 12 months.

RIA Novosti cited courtroom spokesperson Olga Dyachuk as saying Tuesday: “The courtroom sentenced him to 2 years in jail in a penal colony. Moskalyov was speculated to be taken into custody within the courtroom, however that did not occur, as a result of he escaped from home arrest at evening, the courtroom introduced the choice in his absence.”

The courtroom acknowledged that Moskalyov had a daughter below the age of 18 as mitigation, however the prosecutor stated the offense was dedicated throughout the “particular army operation” in Ukraine.

The Russian human rights group Memorial stated that “the felony prosecution of Moskalyov is motivated by his political beliefs and is aimed on the involuntary termination of civil exercise of critics of the authorities and intimidation of the society as a complete.”

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