Former photographer of Alexei Navalny's headquarters in Arkhangelsk, Ruslan Akhmetshin, was found guilty in the case of the "rehabilitation of Nazism." This is reported by Sota correspondent from the courtroom.
The publication notes that the verdict is still being announced.
Akhmetshin appears in two criminal cases: on the "creation of an extremist community" and on the "rehabilitation of Nazism."
According to investigators, Akhmetshin spoke critically about the May 9 holiday on the VKontakte social network.
The photographer was detained in May at the capital's Domodedovo airport while trying to fly to Armenia. Until the next detention, he had a measure of restraint in this case in the form of a ban on certain actions.
On October 4, Alexei Navalny's team announced the restart of the headquarters network in order to "fight Putin, war and mobilization." The Russians were invited to fill out an application and become volunteers of the headquarters, but urged them to "be mindful of safety" and not publicly report joining if they are in Russia.
On June 9, 2021, the Moscow City Court recognized the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), the headquarters of Alexei Navalny and the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens' Rights as "extremist organizations." Their activities are officially banned, and their members and even just supporters, according to the new law, will not be able to be elected to legislative bodies at all levels for several years. Prior to this, FBK was recognized as an organization playing the role of a “foreign agent”.
Since the recognition of Navalny’s headquarters as an “extremist organization,” criminal cases have been opened against the former heads of regional branches, searches have been carried out in their homes. This year, after the start of the war in Ukraine, criminal cases began to be initiated against the heads of staff under new articles on “discrediting” the Russian army.