Navalny Risks Prosecution for Insulting a Veteran of the Great Patriotic War

Member of the Public Chamber Ilya Remeslo wrote a statement to the Prosecutor of Moscow Denis Gennadevich Popov and the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Ivanovich Bastrykin about the prosecution of the blogger Aleksey Navalny for insulting a veteran of the Great Patriotic War. He also called for the blogger to be investigated for the rehabilitation of Nazism.

He published the text of the statement on his Telegram channel.

On June 3rd, the head of the Anti-corruption Foundation, recognised in Russia as a foreign agent, Aleksey Navalny, posted a post on his Twitter account that may violate Russian laws. The tweet contained a video from the RT TV channel showing well-known people expressing support for amendments to the Constitution, as well as his comment: “Oh, here they are, duckies. It is necessary to admit that the team of corrupt lackeys looks weak so far. Look at them: they are the shame of the country. They are people without a conscience”. The same publication appeared on Navalny’s Telegram channel.

“The 38 second video shows the participant of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Sergeyevich Artemenko. Thus, Navalny A. A., calling the veteran of the Great Patriotic War Artemenko I. S. a ‘corrupt lackey,’ committed an offence, the liability for which is stipulated by Article 5.61 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation,” reads the text of the statement of Ilya Remeslo.

He also recalled that the attack on the site of the “Immortal Regiment” with the publication of photos of Nazi criminals was organised by the activists of Navalny.

And although their offenses are now being investigated, Navalny himself did not react to their actions or condemn them, I. Remeslo reminded.

The member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation also drew attention to the fact that many supporters of Navalny had previously held Nazi views. For example, the activist of the headquarters of Navalny in St. Petersburg Mikhail Borisov publishes on his social networks photos of himself in Nazi uniforms and with Nazi symbols.

“Thus, taking into account these facts and the latest actions of Navalny A. A., this citizen may be behind the attack on the Immortal Regiment and other crimes,” said Ilya Remeslo.

He proposed to bring Navalny to administrative responsibility, to check whether his actions contained elements of a crime, and to check whether he had any involvement in the actions of his supporters aimed at rehabilitating Nazism.

Kseniya Maltseva

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