The convict was arrested in April last year after he distributed a video on the Internet condemning the massacre in the town of Bucha on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, which was temporarily occupied by Russia. Moscow rejects a bloodbath in the place. According to the non-governmental organization OWD-Info, R. had distributed the video online and added a message in which he cursed the “Russian fascists” who, in his opinion, were responsible for the incidents in Bucha.
R. was later also accused of inciting terrorist acts, because he declared on the online service Instagram that Russian President Putin had to be killedto end hostilities in Ukraine. According to OWD-Info, his wife was also arrested in April 2022 but was released pending trial. She fled with their son first to Armenia, where she was threatened with extradition to Russia, and later to Poland.
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