Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky was sentenced to 8 years in prison for criticizing the Russian army

The writer Dmitry Glukhovsky (via Reuters) (COURTESY OF DMITRY GLUKHOVSKY /)

A Moscow court sentenced the Russian writer on Monday Dmitry Glukhovsky to eight years in prisonfinding him guilty of deliberately spreading false information about Russia’s armed forces.

Glukhovsky, which is not found in Russia and was tried in absentia, is best known for having written a science fiction series and is the latest artist to be sentenced to prison as part of a relentless crackdown on dissent in Russia. On Friday, jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was convicted on extremism charges and sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, lawmakers passed a bill imposing Prison sentences of up to 15 years for those who spread “false” information that goes against the Russian government’s version of the war.

Glukhovsky was found guilty of posting on his social media channels texts and videos accusing the Russian military of committing crimes in Ukraine. and that, according to the Russian prosecutor’s office, they were false.

In April 2022, when he was already out of Russia, Glukhovsky wrote that the war in Ukraine, “unleashed by Putin, is every day more terrible and inhuman, and the pretexts with which it began seem more and more insignificant and false.”

The court has also ordered that Glujovski not participate for the next four years in the management of information services or portals, “also on the Internet”, according to sources cited by the Russian news agency Interfax.

On Glujovski, classified as a foreign agent in the eyes of the Russian authorities, there is a search and arrest warrant due to the opinions expressed on social networks. The writer thus joins the list of public figures persecuted in the last year for distancing himself from the official line set by the Kremlin in relation to Ukraine.

The journalist rose to fame as the author of a hugely popular post-apocalyptic novel, Metro 2033, which was followed by several sequels. Glukhovsky has been openly critical of the Kremlin.

Also on Monday, the spokeswoman for Alexei NavalnyKira Yarmysh announced that the opposition politician was placed in solitary confinement immediately after being convicted on extremism charges. Yarmysh said Navalny has been in solitary confinement for two weeks, bringing his total time in detention to 207 days. In addition to his 19-year sentence, Navalny is already serving a nine-year sentence on various charges that he says were politically motivated.

(With information from AP and Europa Press)

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