Over the past year, the Czech police opened 95 criminal cases for publicly approving Russia's attack on Ukraine. According to the news portal iROZHLAS, citing the press secretary of the department, Ondrej Moravcik, 67 people have already been charged.
The press secretary of the police presidium, Josef Bokan, in an interview with the Internet radio station Radiožurnál said that most often we are talking about anti-Ukrainian or pro-Russian graffiti, as well as statements on the Internet. “Everyone has the right to freely express their opinion, but this also has its limits,” the police spokesman said.
According to Bokan, the Czech police received the largest number of complaints about the approval of the war in the first weeks and months after the start of a full-scale Russian invasion, but even now complaints are received daily. At the same time, not all statements reported by citizens can be qualified as a criminal offense.
People who approve of Russia's actions in Ukraine are attracted, in particular, under Article 405 (justification of crimes against humanity or war crimes) or Article 365 (approval of a crime) of the Czech Criminal Code.