A blogger who wrote about the arson of military enlistment centers was sentenced to six years

A blogger who wrote about the arson of military enlistment centers was sentenced to six years

The court in St. Petersburg sentenced the anti-war blogger from the Republic of Koma to six years in prison, Nikolai Farafonov. He was found guilty of public appeals to terrorism. Farafonov wrote on the Internet about arson of military enlistment centers. In addition, after his release, he will be prohibited from administering Internet resources for three years.

Nikolay Farafonov, a resident of Vuktyl, was arrested last fall. Before his arrest, he ran the Telegram channel “Cynicny Komiak”, which had less than 500 subscribers. Farafonov adhered to an anti-war position. Reports about the arson of military enlistment offices in “Cynic Komiak” were accompanied by the words “Pohvalny incident” and “Burn the military enlistment office – save your son.”

At the trial, Farafonov admitted the fact of the publication, but did not admit guilt in calling for terrorism.

According to the human rights center “Memorial”, Farafonov’s messages do not contain justified terrorism and calls for terrorist attacks, since the arson of the military enlistment office in this case would be a measure to save loved ones, and not an act of intimidation of the population, that is, a terrorist act. “Memorial” recognized Farafonov as a political prisoner.

Earlier, Farafonov was already fined under the article on the so-called discrediting of the army. The reason was his comment on the news about the fact that on Children’s Day Russian Guard employees came to a children’s hospital and sang songs there. He asked whether the Russian Guardsmen had told about how the children suffering and dying in Ukraine, to whom the Russian military “brought Russian peace with bayonets.”

  • After the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, there were more than a hundred attempts to set fire to military enlistment centers and administrative buildings in Russia. As a result, no one was hurt. Initially, such cases were classified under the article on intentional damage to state property, later they were classified as terrorist acts.

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