The Efremov Interdistrict Court in the Tula Region has sentenced Aleksey Moskalev, a single father who was persecuted after his daughter drew an anti-war drawing at school. According to Mediazona from the courtroom, the man was found guilty of “discrediting” the Russian army (Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code) and sentenced to two years in a penal colony.
Moskalev himself was not present at the announcement of the verdict. According to court spokeswoman Olga Dyachuk, “tonight he escaped from house arrest.” After the announcement of the verdict, judge Anton Malikov announced the decision, according to which the daughter of the convicted person, Maria, was transferred to the care of social services.
The court considered the case of Moskalev the day before in one day. The prosecutor asked for two years in a general regime colony for him.
As Sota reported , on the day of the verdict, lawyer Vladimir Bilienko managed to talk to the staff of the shelter where Masha Moskaleva is being held, and also to pick up the drawings and the letter that the girl had prepared for her father. The lawyer was not allowed to see Masha. The Human Rights Center "Memorial" recognized Aleksey Moskalev as a political prisoner.
As Moskalev himself said, law enforcement agencies became interested in his family in April 2022. Then Masha, a sixth-grader, drew a picture with the flag of Ukraine and the inscriptions “No to war” and “Glory to Ukraine” at the lesson. The art teacher denounced the child to the director, and the same day the police arrived at the school.
Soon, 53-year-old Moskalev, who is raising his daughter alone, drew up a protocol on the "discredit" of the army. The reason was a comment in Odnoklassniki. Then a resident of Efremov was fined 32 thousand rubles. At the end of December, they came to the Moskalevs' house with a search, the father was interrogated by the FSB and, according to him, beaten. A criminal case was initiated on repeated "discrediting". The case includes posts in Odnoklassniki about the killings of civilians in Bucha and other crimes. Moskalev claimed during the trial that he did not publish these posts and that his page on the social network was repeatedly hacked.
On March 2, Moskalev was placed under house arrest, and his daughter Masha was taken to an orphanage. Since then, no one was allowed to see the girl and did not allow her to communicate with the outside world. The Commission on Juvenile Affairs went to court to deprive the father of parental rights.