Russian Anti-war Official Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Denouncing Russian War

The Meshchansky District Court of the City of Moscow has sentenced an anti-war councilor to seven years in prison for denouncing Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Moscow Councilor Alexei Gorinov was arrested last April after he criticized the Ukraine invasion during a city council meeting where he was accused of spreading “fake news.”

“Our country is waging aggression. My opinion is that all of civil society’s efforts must be aimed at stopping the war and withdrawing Russian troops from Ukraine’s territory,” said Gorinov. 

Judge Olesya Mendeleyeva ruled that Gorinov had carried out his crime due to political hatred and misinformed Russian citizens. 

“By the verdict of the Meshchansky District Court of the City of Moscow dated July 08, 2022, Gorinov Aleksey Alexandrovich was found guilty of committing a crime under paragraphs. “a, b, d” part 2 of Art. 207.3  of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation,” said the Moscow City Court.  

Gorinov was charged under new Russian laws that penalize citizens for criticizing the Russian military or government. 

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