The Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don found 56-year-old Evgeniya Tkach guilty of justifying terrorism (part 2 of article 205.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). She was sent for compulsory treatment writes “Caucasian Knot” with reference to the press service of the court.
“The court determined to release Tkach from criminal liability and to prescribe a compulsory medical measure in the form of compulsory treatment in a medical organization that provides psychiatric care in general inpatient conditions,” the court said.
According to the investigation, in May 2020, Evgenia Tkach wrote comments on social networks about the explosion in the reception room of the Arkhangelsk FSB department.
In November 2020, a blogger from the Krasnodar Territory, Valery Klimenchenko, was sentenced to four years and a month in prison, accused of justifying a terrorist attack in the Arkhangelsk FSB. In March, a military court of appeal upheld the verdict.
In July, a military court in Rostov-on-Don found a resident of the Krasnodar Territory Pyotr Belyakov guilty of justifying terrorism, who left comments on the social network about the terrorist attack in the building of the Arkhangelsk FSB department. The man was sentenced to four years in prison.
Recall that on October 31, 2018, a 17-year-old student of the Polytechnic College, Mikhail Zhlobitsky, staged a self-detonation in the building of the FSB Directorate for the Arkhangelsk Region in the administrative center of the region. During the incident, according to official figures, three employees of the department were injured. The student himself was killed.
After that, the security forces began to actively look for possible accomplices, like-minded teenagers and simply sympathizers. Anarchists were raided in the regions. Then people from all walks of life began to get into the development. So, in the summer of 2019, in Chelyabinsk, a case was opened against pensioner Galina Gorina because of a comment on the VKontakte social network under a publication about the explosion. “What is it, our children are dying!” – wrote Gorina, who participated in the environmental movement “Stop GOK”. An elderly woman was charged with Part 2 of Art. 205.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Public justification of a terrorist attack committed using the Internet”). The pensioner was threatened with a fine of 1 million rubles and imprisonment for seven years. The woman stated that she wrote the comment “just out of emotion” and repented. She was released on recognizance not to leave, and in December the case was dropped, reported OVD-Info.
The loudest case was the case against the Pskov journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva, who, on the air of the Echo of Moscow in Pskov station, “subjected the situation in the country to a critical analysis” in the context of the terrorist attack in Arkhangelsk. In particular, the journalist said that the state “itself educated” the generation of citizens who are fighting against it. Prokopyeva’s case received a wide response, on July 6, 2020 the court sentenced her to a fine of 500 thousand rubles.
In the same “terrorist” list was Ekaterina Muranova, a 27-year-old anarchist and animal rights activist from Medvezhyegorsk. She also mentioned Mikhail Zhlobitsky in her post. Muranova appointed a fine of 350 thousand rubles.
A resident of Togliatti, Alexander Dovydenkov, was sentenced to a year in a general regime colony in the case of justifying terrorism on the Internet over a tweet. When sentencing, the court took into account that the accused repented and helped the investigation, his case was considered in a special order, but the Internet user did not escape the real term. A similar charge presented 44-year-old farmer with many children Oleg Nemtsev from the city of Koryazhma, Arkhangelsk region. Nemtsev wrote that “a 17-year-old boy has more responsibility, more courage than the crowd of today’s men.” As a result, the man was fined 350 thousand rubles.
In July 2020, 23-year-old food delivery man and LGBT activist Alexander Merkulov was detained in St. Petersburg. He was suspected of justifying terrorism due to comments on the VKontakte social network. This summer, the prosecutor’s office requested 5 years in prison for him. The young man was fined 350 thousand rubles, but taking into account the preliminary stay in the pre-trial detention center and under house arrest, the fine was reduced to 200 thousand rubles. Merkulov was also awarded compulsory outpatient treatment by a psychiatrist, reported on the Tekegram channel created to support the activist.
And the 68-year-old pensioner from St. Petersburg Alexander Kovalenko was sent to compulsory treatment on the basis of a post in which the man called the victim of the explosion a fighter against the “Jewish yoke” wrote publication “Sever.Realii”.
In Vologda, a court sentenced a local resident, Sergei Arbuzov, to five years in a strict regime colony. Arbuzov wrote on the social network that a student from Arkhangelsk should be awarded the title of Hero of Russia. The investigation considered this a public justification of terrorism. In another comment, which also interested the investigation, Arbuzov noted that the Russian society is too patient: “And we will always just rub and be silent here.”
“There was strong pressure from the FSB on our entire family,” said Sergei’s sister Svetlana Arbuzova. – The investigator treated us badly. You have such and such a mother. How she raised you. What kind of brother are you bringing up such. We will open a criminal case against you too. You will sit with me too. I will put him in jail for seven years. You are five. Such were the threats. “