Yevgeny Roizman, known for his sharp social media comments, is one of the few federal-level politicians critical of the Kremlin who remains at large.
He did not go abroad after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The former mayor of Yekaterinburg was sentenced three times to an administrative penalty – a fine. In Yekaterinburg, a court fined Yevgeny Roizman for his anti-war comments on social media. Politics found guilty in discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (new article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation), although he completely denies guilt.
The case was opened because of a post by Roizman on Twitter and a video on YouTube. However, the politician found out about his illegal actions, that is, that they were such, only on March 28. And the next day, the trial took place, while his defense was given only 2 hours to familiarize himself with the case materials.
In particular, Roizman spoke about the collective responsibility of the Russians for unleashing the war and accused the authorities of betraying the country. He was also prosecuted for insulting officials. Politician says:
Everyone has this feeling of nausea, everyone has the feeling that something terrible is happening, that evil is winning – absolute, vile, deceitful – and suddenly it is winning before our eyes. But this is not quite so, it does not happen. And yet in the end, at least some justice will prevail. Everything will be fine in the end anyway.
Roizman continues to receive citizens in his charitable foundation. Among the visitors are both Yekaterinburg residents and supporters who come to express words of support from other regions. Evgenia Kuzmenkova, a resident of Novosibirsk, says:
“We are worried that he will be imprisoned, like everyone else. And while he was not imprisoned, we decided to come and shake hands.”
Yevgeny Roizman admits that he can go to jail at any moment. The politician notes that the authorities cracked down on the opposition in Russia, but he continues to support his associates. Among them are Aleksey Navalny sent to the colony, Ilya Yashin, journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza. A criminal case was opened against all of them under the article on “military fakes”.
According to lawyer and human rights activist Pavel Chikov, since the beginning of the war, 200 people have already been prosecuted in Russia for anti-war speeches, mainly under the article about “fakes” about the armed forces.
Meanwhile, Andriy Klishas, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation, called on politicians to express their attitude towards the war in Ukraine, writes BB.LV. The Russian senator believes that all political leaders, leading representatives of business and the public should openly express their attitude towards the special operation underway in Ukraine:
“Not only officials, but also representatives of political parties, big business and public organizations. People have the right to know the position of all leaders of politics, business, the public on this key issue.”
Not so long ago the same the senator said:
“Kyiv’s statements about the possibility of strikes against Crimea show that denazification and demilitarization must take place throughout Ukraine. Otherwise, the threat to the territory, infrastructure and citizens of Russia will remain permanently.”