Russia jails anti-Putin Telegram blogger for eight years over ‘military misinformation’


A Russian court has jailed the founder of an opposition Telegram channel, accusing him of spreading misinformation about the country’s armed forces.

Dmitry Ivanov will spend more than eight years in a colony.

Last year, the Kremlin passed a law making it illegal to publish false information about its war in Ukraine.

Ukraine war – latest: Zelenskyy vows to hold Bakhmut as Russians close in

Mr Ivanov, a former student from the University of Moscow, will also be unable to have any presence on the internet for four years after his release.

He had reportedly spoken out about attacks by the Russian military at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, as well as the killing of civilians in Bucha, using a Telegram channel for students at his university.

Amnesty International reported he had also posted a video message from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and called for protests in Russia.

He has also referred to the military action in Ukraine as a “war”, rather than the Kremlin’s preferred term of “special military operation”.

Images and videos on Telegram show Mr Ivanov shrugging his shoulders as the sentence is read out, as well as smiling and laughing.

He had maintained his innocence and stood by his original comments.

“Discrediting” the army publicly in Russia can draw a punishment of up to 15 years.

Articles You May Like

Jets GM: No rush on Rodgers; Lamar not option
Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with China’s commerce minister on supply chain
The crypto exchange this 26-year-old launched in 2019 has done $1.75 billion in transactions
Nevada approves $333 million natural gas plant as historic drought pressures state’s power grid
Jeep shows off its Recon Moab 4xe electric vehicle concept to dealers [Images]