The Russian justice requested nine years against Ilia Yashin, the opponent who denounced war crimes in Ukraine

Ilia Yashin during a hearing in Moscow (Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (ALEXANDER NEMENOV /)

The Russian Prosecutor today requested nine years in prison against the opposition leader Ilia Yashin for denouncing the war crimes allegedly committed by the Russian Army in the north of kyiv.

Yashin committed the alleged crime on April 7 by “spreading false information” about the Russian Armed Forces during a live on his YouTube channel.

The prosecutor, Sergei Belov, accused the opponent of “presenting as a proven fact” the crimes allegedly perpetrated by Russian soldiers in the town of bucha motivated by “political hatred” of the Kremlin.

Furthermore, he directly accused Yashin of spreading “hostile information” by propagating only the information of unfriendly countries and their satellites, and of “help the enemy” when criticizing the Russian authorities and media.

Belov, who recalled that the freedom of expression to which the defense alludes may be limited by lawquestioned whether the crimes committed in Bucha could have been hidden until the arrival of Ukrainian soldiers in Bucha when “every person has a smartphone”.

In response, the opponent’s lawyers argued that the prosecution did not present any conclusive evidence that Yashin had committed a crime.

In particular, they assured that the Prosecutor’s Office ignored that Yashin quoted both Russian and foreign media in his livein addition to the parts of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Article 207.3 of the criminal code punishes the dissemination of false information about the Russian Army with ten years in prison, they recalled.

They also accused the Prosecutor’s Office of trying to turn the hearing against Yashin into a trial about what happened in bucha.

File image of the Orthodox priest Andrii Halavin officiating a funeral service for 15 unidentified victims of the Russian invasion in the town of Bucha (REUTERS / Vladyslav Musiienko)
File image of the Orthodox priest Andrii Halavin officiating a funeral service for 15 unidentified victims of the Russian invasion in the town of Bucha (REUTERS / Vladyslav Musiienko) (Stringer /)

In pretrial detention since July, the former municipal deputy recalled that other public figures such as the Chechen leader, Ramzan KadyrovThey also criticized the Army and no one filed criminal cases against them.

At the beginning of the trial, he claimed to be “an independent deputy, critical of (Russian) President Putin and opposed to the war with Ukraine.”

Yashin, an ally of the opposition leader, Alexei Navalnywho is serving nine years in prison, is one of the few politicians critical of the Kremlin who have not left Russia since the start of the “special military operation”.

I’m sorry for my own naivety. My co-religionists and I lived in the mirage and believed that Putin’s system could be changed from the roots with civilized methods, ”he admitted in an interview published by the digital newspaper jellyfish.

International Amnesty He already demanded in July to cease the criminal prosecution of the opponent for exercising the right to freedom of expression and “criticizing the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine.”

The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office denounced the discovery in Bucha, 30 kilometers from kyiv, of some 400 bodies with signs of shooting, torture or trauma of different severity, part of them exhumed from mass graves.

(With information from EFE)

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