In the city of Safonovo, Smolensk Region, FSB officers detained the creator of the Safonovskie Vedomosti public, Alexei Chervyakov. About this “Kommersant” told his brother Andrey.
Office of the Investigative Committee for the Smolensk Region, without mentioning the name of the blogger, informs that a criminal case was opened against him for insulting a veteran of the Great Patriotic War.
According to the ministry, in the period from November 16 to 17, 2021, Chervyakov “disseminated information expressing obvious disrespect for society about the days of military glory of Russia associated with the defense of the Fatherland, and information that humiliates the honor and dignity of one of the veterans.” In the message of the Investigative Committee it is noted that the case was initiated “based on the results of media monitoring, as well as on materials received from the regional prosecutor’s office and the regional FSB of Russia.”
On the morning of December 23, security forces searched the blogger’s place of residence, and seized his computer equipment. The investigation asks to send Chervyakov to the pre-trial detention center.
Alexey Chervyakov is the founder of the Safonovskie Vedomosti group, as well as a member of other Smolensk publics. According to Kommersant, the reason for the arrest was his comments on the post in the Overheard Smolensk group.
According to the publication, under the post that graffiti with a portrait of a veteran, anti-aircraft gunner Viktor Yakunin would appear on the facade of the city school, Chervyakov rudely “wondered what would give the school such an image” and “during a discussion with other users, he rudely altered the words “Hero” and “veteran” “. In addition, he criticized the Russian authorities and expressed his opinion about the harmfulness of the “cult of war” in Russia.
On December 21, the prosecutor’s office demanded five years in prison for 19-year-old Muscovite Matvey Yuferov, who is accused of rehabilitating Nazism for urinating on a portrait of a veteran.
The investigation over him was completed in a record three days. Five investigators worked on the case even over the weekend. They directly told Yuferov’s lawyer that this was a political case and that “now are the times.”