The Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee in Moscow charged an 18-year-old student of the Higher School of Economics Maria Platonova with incitement to mass riots (part 1.1 of article 212 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). About it informs “Apology of protest” with reference to the lawyer Arkady Shindyapin.
On the morning of September 16, her apartment was searched. The equipment was seized from Platonova and taken away for interrogation to the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. A criminal case was opened against Platonova for inciting to riots, a few minutes ago she was charged.
The decision to prosecute as a defendant says that Platonov and other persons, together with Dmitry Chebanov, “made a decision to induce and otherwise involve an unlimited number of people in Russian cities in the riots” through telegram channels.
Maria Platonova denies participation in the alleged events.
The crime belongs to the category of grave crimes, it involves up to 10 years in prison.
Earlier, on September 16, it became known that the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on incitement to mass riots (part 1.1 of Article 212 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) during the elections to the State Duma. According to the investigation, 11 people “created a network of telegram channels, in which they posted publications and conducted campaigning activities aimed at organizing mass riots” from 17 to 20 September. In the videos published by the defendants in the case, the investigators found signs of “incitement to violent actions directed at an indefinite circle of people.”
One of the suspects is Dmitry Chebanov, founder of the Chto Delat Telegram channel. Others are not named. The investigation asks to arrest all the defendants in the case.