In St. Petersburg, the police detained an employee of the Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences in one of the metro stations. As “Fontanka” reports, a student with whom she had a conversation on the subway about the war in Ukraine turned in the police.
The scientist spoke out in support of the Ukrainian side. In addition, her backpack had a three by five centimeter chevron in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The police saw in her actions “the discrediting of the armed forces of Russia.”
The name of the detainee is not known. It is clarified that earlier she, along with other scientists, signed an open letter against Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The student, at whose request the scientist was detained, previously studied in Donetsk, then fought as a volunteer on the side of Russia, was demobilized and continued his studies at the Faculty of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University. It is reported that he is involved in social activities and performs at various events.
- An article about “discrediting the Russian army” appeared in the Administrative and Criminal Codes of Russia shortly after the start of the military invasion of Ukraine. Courts recognize as “discredit” any anti-war statements or statements about the war that do not coincide with the official point of view of the Russian authorities.