Ilya Yashin: Moscow courtroom sentences Kremlin critic to eight and a half years for spreading ‘false data’



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A Moscow courtroom on Friday sentenced Kremlin critic Ilya Yashin to eight years and 6 months imprisonment after discovering him responsible of spreading “false information” concerning the Russian military, in response to Russian state media RIA Novosti.

It’s unclear if Yashin’s jail sentence contains the time he has already spent in jail throughout courtroom hearings.

Russian investigators say his statements concerning the circumstances of the killings in Bucha are a legal offense beneath lately launched laws, which considers discrediting the Russian armed forces to be unlawful.

Yashin slammed the “authors” of the “hysterical verdict” in a submit on his official Telegram account.

“The authors of the verdict are optimistic about Putin’s prospects. In my opinion, they are too optimistic,” he mentioned.

“But we also have no reason to be sad, because we have won this trial, friends. The process started as a denunciation of me as “people’s doctor,” however become an anti-war tribune. We spoke the reality about warfare crimes and referred to as for an finish to the bloodshed. And in response, they heard a hodgepodge of slogans from the Chilly Warfare, which was confusedly voiced by the prosecutor,” Yashin continued.

“With this hysterical verdict, the government wants to intimidate us all, but in fact, it only shows its weakness. Strong leaders are calm and self-confident, and only weaklings seek to shut everyone up, burn out any dissent. So today it only remains for me to repeat what was said on the day of my arrest: I am not afraid, and you should not be,” the submit learn.

In closing remarks to the courtroom on Monday, forward of the decision, Yashin made an announcement addressing the decide, President Vladimir Putin and the Russian public. “As if they will sew my mouth shut and I would be forbidden to speak forever. Everyone understands that this is the point,” he mentioned.

“I am isolated from society because they want me to be silent. I promise as long as I’m alive I’ll never will be. My mission is to tell the truth. I will not give up the truth even behind bars. After all, quoting the classic: ‘Lie is the religion of slaves.’”

Yashin, additionally a detailed ally of Russian opposition chief Alexey Navalny, got here to prominence throughout protests he helped arrange between 2011 and 2012 in opposition to Putin’s re-election for a 3rd time period.

Yashin remained a fierce Putin critic for years to return, additionally serving as a municipal deputy in a small Moscow municipality earlier than being barred from working for public workplace once more.

In June, he was sentenced to fifteen days behind bars for being disobedient to police, fees he described on the time as a part of a strain marketing campaign by the authorities to drive him to depart Russia.

Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, who’s on Russia’s wished listing and lives in exile in London, informed CNN Yashin was “an extremely brave person” who “chose to remain in Russia and to speak against the war.”

He added he believed Yashin was an emblem of Russian resistance in opposition to the warfare.