Deputy of the legislature of Primorye Leonid Vasyukevich, who at the end of May addressed Putin with an appeal to stop the military operation, became a defendant in an administrative case. He insists that his words did not discredit the army
The police opened a case against the deputy of the Primorsky Legislative Assembly Leonid Vasyukevich on an administrative violation under Part 1 of Art. 20.3.3. Code of Administrative Offenses (public actions aimed at discrediting the Russian armed forces, punishment — a fine of 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles), Kommersant reports. On July 20, the Frunzensky District Court of Vladivostok will begin its consideration.
The deputy explained that the claims of the police were caused by his speech against the hostilities in Ukraine. At the end of May, the parliamentarian took the floor at a meeting of the Legislative Assembly and read an appeal to President Vladimir Putin, where he warned that if Russia did not stop the military operation, “then there would be even more orphans.” “In the course of a military operation, people become disabled, these are young people who could be of great benefit to our country,” — he said and called for the withdrawal of troops from Ukrainian territory.
Vasyukevich told Kommersant that he did not agree with the accusation against him and would insist on an acquittal: “There was no discrediting of the armed forces in my words.”
During the May session, Vasyukevich said that he was supported by three deputies— Gennady Shulga, Natalya Kochugova and Alexander Sustov, who also signed the appeal. However, the latter two claimed that they did not do this, and Vasyukevich's performance came as a surprise to them. They demanded that the Primorye Investigative Committee initiate a libel case against Vasyukevich. The department told the publication that so far no procedural decision has been made on the applications received.
Soon after, Vasyukevich and Shulga were expelled from the Communist Party faction in the regional parliament (they were not members of the party itself). Anatoly Dolgachev, First Secretary of the Primorsky Regional Committee, explained that the deputies “discredited the Communist Party of the Russian Federation with their demarche, so they have no place in our ranks.” The Communist Party supports the actions of the Russian armed forces “to denazify Ukraine”, he stressed.
As the newspaper clarifies, Shulga was not brought to administrative responsibility, since Vasyukevich read the text of the appeal.
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Vasyukevich and Shulga are not the only deputies who spoke out against the fighting in Ukraine. Earlier, Vladivostok Duma deputy Viktor Kamenshchikov declared his disagreement with the military operation, he left the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and left Russia.
In the spring, the head of the Krasnoselsky municipal district of Moscow, Elena Kotenochkina, Presnensky district, was put on the international wanted list in a criminal case of discrediting the army the court authorized her arrest in absentia. Alexey Gorinov, deputy of the same district, was sentenced to seven years in prison in a similar case, and politician Ilya Yashin was sent under arrest until September 12.
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