Kremlin Opposition Figure Criminally Charged After Criticizing The Invasion Of Ukraine

On Tuesday Russian prosecutors put forward criminal charges against another opposition figure who had publically criticized Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. If convicted he could be facing up to 15 years in prison under a new law.

Ilya Yashin pictured in a court in Moscow after being charged
Ilya Yashin pictured in a court in Moscow after being charged

Ilya Yashin had spent 15 days in prison on charges of failing to obey police and was due to be released. However, Mr Yashin has now been charged under a new law making it a crime to spread false information about the military, Vadim Prokhorov, Mr Yashin's lawyer said. If convicted of the charges he could face up to 15 years in a Russian prison.

A video circulated showing prosecutors searching Mr Yashin's apartment in Moscow on Tuesday, the accused was present during the search.

In April a well-known Kremlin opposition figure, Vladimir Kara-Muza was arrested on the same charges after Russia has clamped down heavily on those who criticize what it calls the "special military operation" in Ukraine.

Mr Yashin, who is a member of a Moscow municipal council, was arrested in a city park in late June, one of the arresting police officers said that he grabbed an officer by his uniform and insulted him. Mr Yashin told a different story, saying that police approached him while he was sitting on a park bench talking with a friend and demanded he go with them, offering no explanation as to where they were taking him.

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