Court arrests blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya in absentia

A criminal case was opened against Belotserkovskaya under the article about fakes about the army. The Ministry of Internal Affairs put the blogger on the wanted list. According to the UK, she is not in Russia

The Basmanny Court of Moscow chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention for blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya, accused of spreading fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces, follows from the file of the court.

The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Belotserkovskaya under paragraph "d" Part 2 Art. 207.3 of the Criminal Code (“Public distribution of fakes about the actions of the Russian military motivated by political hatred or enmity”) in March. She faces a fine of up to 5 million rubles. or up to 15 years in prison.

According to the investigation, in March, the blogger published several posts on her Instagram (the social network is owned by the company Meta, recognized as extremist and banned in Russia), in which “under the guise of reliable messages, deliberately contained false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces to destroy cities and civilians Ukraine, including children”, as part of a special military operation.

According to the department, Belotserkovskaya is located abroad. On May 13, the Ministry of Internal Affairs put her on the wanted list.

Belotserkovskaya— blogger, author of cookbooks. She was born in Odessa.

An article about the spread of fakes about the actions of the Russian military appeared in the Criminal Code on March 4. After the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Roskomnadzor ordered the media to base their coverage of hostilities on data from official Russian sources.

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Criminal cases under the new article were opened against several public figures, including journalist Alexander Nevzorov (who was put on the wanted list on May 4) and oppositionist Vladimir Kara-Murza (arrested on April 22).

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