Alexei Simonenkov, a resident of Velikiy Luk, was fined 30,000 rubles for an article about discrediting the Russian army due to a post on the VKontakte social network. This was reported in the press service of the regional courts.
The message states that 23-year-old Simonenkov last November made a publication that, according to the police and the court, contained “defamatory statements” about Russian military personnel who are participating in the war against Ukraine.
Simonenkov admitted his guilt and explained that he posted the text “under the influence of a severe emotional state caused by the death of a close person.”
- In March 2022, articles on so-called fakes and discrediting appeared in the Criminal and Administrative Code, which provide for fines and prison sentences for anti-war positions or reports of war crimes by Russian soldiers.
- In 2023, Russian courts received 2,870 administrative cases of discrediting the Russian army (Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). The total number of such cases in almost two years since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has reached 8,386, Sibir.Realii calculated and studied the data of Russian courts of general jurisdiction.