The 2nd Western District Military Court sentenced the author of the Real Crime Telegram channel Ruslan Ushakov to 8 years in a penal colony. According to OVD-Info, he was banned from administering Internet resources for a period of three years.
Ushakov was charged under four articles of the Criminal Code: spreading "fakes" about the Russian army, rehabilitating Nazism, justifying terrorism, and inciting hatred or enmity. The reason was the posts on the Telegram channel, in which the author talked about the shelling of Mariupol and the killing of civilians in Ukraine, and also called for violence against Vladimir Putin.
“The only goal I pursued was to increase the activity of the channel. Witnesses noticed that what I wrote was post-irony, sarcasm and black humor. My image is different from the real one. <…> I am against violence,” the defendant said in his last speech.
Ushakov was arrested in December last year. In court, he said that he was tortured with electric current, knocking out a confession.