In Vladivostok, Rodion Stukov, a former student of the Industrial College of Energy and Communications, born in 2000, was sentenced to two years in a penal colony and a three-year ban on public activity on the Internet for voice messages in a closed Telegram chat allegedly recorded on his behalf. The DOXA publication writes about this with reference to a copy of the verdict of the 1st Eastern District Military Court.
Stukov was charged under articles on propaganda of terrorism (Part 2 of Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code) and participation in an illegal armed formation (Part 2 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code).
According to the court, Stukov, “having a negative attitude towards the current government, supporting and sharing the ideas of the Navalny Headquarters movement,” posted a call to “carry out extremist and terrorist activities” in the Sobaki1love chat.
Stukov was detained in July 2021, when he stated that he first heard about this channel during interrogation. According to him, the voice message said that it was necessary to throw checkers at the security forces. Investigators believed that Stukov said this, because the chat administrator who left the voice message had the nickname rodion_rodion.
In November, an examination found that messages allegedly recorded on behalf of Stukov contained "extremism." Rodion himself claims that he recorded the corresponding messages under pressure from the FSB officers in order to allegedly compare the voice in the “extremist” messages with the original. The first examination in Vladivostok did not find calls for violence and extremism in the messages, after which a second examination was carried out in Krasnoyarsk.
Now you can get a criminal case in Russia for “sad emoticons” and even for a private conversation with relatives. So, in July, a teacher of philosophy and history from Barnaul, Alexei Argunov, was fined for a sad emoji under anti-war posts. Also in August, the court approved a fine for Russian citizen Alexei Veselov, who discussed the war with his wife in the dining room of the sanatorium. According to the court order, Oksana shared her worries about relatives in Kyiv, where her 87-year-old mother is located, with her husband. The woman also lost her cousin.
The Insider has already written that many cases under articles about “fakes about the Russian army” and about “discrediting” the Russian Armed Forces were initiated after denunciations. The Russians report to the security forces both on teachers in schools and on their own children.