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May 25, 2022

Tatarstan citizen fined for spitting at a banner with the letter Z framed by the St. George ribbon

The Yelabuga City Court fined a Tatar citizen 15,000 rubles under the article on “discrediting” the Russian army (Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) because of spitting at a poster with the letter Z. This is reported by the “Kazan Reporter” with reference to the press service of the court.

According to the publication, the protocol says that the man saw the letter Z on the poster framed by the St. George ribbon and spat into it to express his anti-war position.

May 23, 2022

Advisor to the Russian mission to the UN resigned with the words “I have never been so ashamed of my country”

Boris Bondarev, an employee of the Russian permanent mission to the UN in Geneva, announced his resignation due to the war with Ukraine. The diplomat’s letter was published by Hillel Neuer, an international lawyer at the UN.

“I have never been as ashamed of my country as on February 24 this year. The aggressive war against Ukraine, and in fact – against the entire West, unleashed by Putin, is not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but also, perhaps, the most serious crime against the Russians themselves, whose hopes for life in a prosperous free society were crossed out by the letter Z ” – said Bondarev.

May 22, 2022

During the last call at the Dagestan school, the graduate said: “No to war! Freedom to Ukraine! Damn Putin!

During the line dedicated to the last call, at the Dagestan school, the graduate spoke out against the war in Ukraine. The video with her speech was published by the Atypical Makhachkala group on VKontakte.

May 21, 2022

“Everyone saves and protects us, and we betray everyone.” What happens in the DPR and LPR after February 24

Announcing a “special military operation” against Ukraine, Vladimir Putin called its main goal “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” By phone and through social networks, Mediazona contacted residents of the self-proclaimed republics to find out what had changed for them since the start of the war.

May 20, 2022

Losses of Russia in the war with Ukraine. Mediazone summary

Mediazona, together with the BBC and a team of volunteers, continues to collect data on Russian soldiers killed in the war with Ukraine. This number does not reflect the real level of casualties: we only see public reports of deaths. These include posts by relatives, news in regional media, and reports from local authorities. In addition, the number of missing and captured is unknown.

May 19, 2022

Z is down, V is gone. Literary critic, historian and culturologist answer the questions of “Mediazona” about the symbols of war

Since the first days of the invasion of Ukraine, Russian propaganda has been in search of a symbol that can unite those who approve of the war. For three months, in this capacity, they managed to try out the Latin letters Z and V , which were applied to army equipment, images of a pensioner Anna Ivanova, who met Ukrainian soldiers with a Soviet flag, and most recently, the image of a boy Alyosha from the Belgorod region, who runs to see off the tanks leaving for the war . Mediazona spoke with three academics about why the authorities are so obsessed with symbols and what impact they have on the minds of Russians.

May 18, 2022

Ukraine. The first trial of the Russian military

In Kyiv, the trial of 21-year-old Russian military Vadim Shishimarin began – he is accused of killing a civilian in the Sumy region. Under the article on violation of the laws and customs of war (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), he faces a term of up to life. A correspondent of the Ukrainian edition is in the Solomensky District Court“Grati”, which leads online . With the permission of his colleagues, Mediazon promptly transmits their messages from the court to Russian readers.

May 16, 2022

Immoral act. The teacher of the elite school “President” was fired for comparing Putin with Hitler and talking with schoolchildren about the war

49-year-old teacher Alexander Boburov taught physics for 10 years at the private school “President” near Moscow, where the children of officials and businessmen study. In February, he told his students about the beginning of the war and compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. For this, Boburov was suspended from work, and then fired, considering his act “immoral.”

“As I heard, many woke up that morning and for some reason reached for their gadgets for information. So I also took the phone and learned with horror that the Russian Federation had invaded the borders of sovereign Ukraine, ”recalls Alexander Boburov on the morning of February 24.

May 15, 2022

RANEPA teacher spoke about his dismissal “of his own free will” after a colleague complained about his post about a “shameful war”

Denis Grekov, a lecturer in the Critical Thinking course at the RANEPA, was asked to write a letter of resignation of his own free will after a complaint from university professor Natalia Tanshina about his post about a “shameful war.” Grekov told Mediazone about this.

According to the teacher, he was summoned to the dean’s office on May 11, where he wrote a letter of resignation from May 6. “I was offered to write of my own free will, I agreed. <…> You probably heard about Sergei Zuev. In general, in order not to create an additional reason for persecuting my university, I quite calmly wrote a statement, ”Grekov added. He has already been removed from the list of teachers on the RANEPA website.

May 13, 2022

“The leopard was torn to pieces.” How animals die in Ukraine because of the war – and how they are saved

At the entrance to the ecopark near Kharkov, a monument to its fallen workers will appear, its founder promised the other day – since the beginning of the war, six employees and volunteers have already been killed there. All of them tried to save animals from shelling and starvation, like hundreds of other Ukrainians and volunteers from all over the world. Mediazona tells how domestic and wild animals that have become victims of the war are being rescued in Ukraine.

May 12, 2022

The court did not fine the St. Petersburg woman, who was detained because of a green ribbon tied in the park

The Vyborgsky District Court of St. Petersburg dismissed both administrative cases against Tatyana Levicheva, who was detained because of a green ribbon tied in a park. This was reported by the joint press service of the courts of the city.

The reason for the termination of cases was the “lack of composition.” Earlier, two protocols were drawn up against the activist under articles on “discrediting” the army (part 1 of article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) and petty hooliganism (part 1 of article 20.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses).

May 10, 2022

A special forces soldier who told Navalny’s headquarters in 2019 about polls about his readiness to shoot at protesters died in Ukraine

In Ukraine, 22-year-old special forces soldier Artur Epifantsev, who served in the 23rd special forces detachment “Obereg”, died.

Information about this was published by several publics dedicated to special forces and the war in Ukraine. Reports specify that Epifantsev “died in action” on 13 April.

May 9, 2022

May 9. Anti-war actions and detentions throughout Russia

On May 9, Victory parades and the procession of the Immortal Regiment are held in the cities of Russia. Those who go to these actions with anti-war slogans are detained. A protocol on “discrediting” the Russian army (Part 1 of Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) has already been drawn up against a Novosibirsk citizen for the poster “We defeated that fascism, we will defeat this one”, and the local deputy Svetlana Kaverzina, who offered to lay flowers at the memorial separately from the procession on May 9, was arrested for seven days (Part 2 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses).

May 8, 2022

Now the ashes lie alone. In the Krasnoyarsk Territory, entire villages burned down in half a day

A state of emergency has been declared in the Krasnoyarsk Territory: on Saturday, May 7, settlements burned there in more than ten districts, there are dead. To people who have lost everything, the local authorities promise to restore their houses “as soon as possible” and allocate 15,000 rubles each. Mediazona spoke with local residents about why they had to fight the fire mostly on their own.

May 7, 2022

Sota.Vision journalist detained at the exit from the house in Moscow

In Moscow , Anna Loiko, a journalist from Sota.Vision , was detained at the exit from her house , the editorial office of the publication reported .

Loiko at about 15:00 Moscow time managed to tell her colleagues about the detention and stopped answering calls.

May 6, 2022

In Kaluga, paint was poured over the car of a Pentecostal bishop who opposes the war

In Kaluga, the car of the bishop of the Word of Life Pentecostal Church, Albert Ratkin, was doused with paint and covered with V and Z signs, he himself announced this in a video on his YouTube channel.

May 5, 2022

France arrested a villa that journalists associate with the family of businessman Mikhail Fridman

In France, the Copab villa , allegedly owned by the family of the Russian oligarch and head of Alfa Bank Mikhail Fridman, was arrested, information about this appeared on the website of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. The update drew the attention of The Insider.

Earlier, journalists from the Ukrainian project “Schemes” reported that this villa belongs to Fridman’s daughters and wife.

May 4, 2022

The international database of scientific citation Web of Science became unavailable in Russia

One of the international databases Web of Science became unavailable in Russia . Attention to this was drawn by the Russian research telegram channel, the information was confirmed by the vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexei Khokhlov.

“According to numerous testimonies of colleagues, Clarivate Analytics services have become unavailable in Russia. Clarivate maintains one of the two leading international scientometric databases Web of Science (it allows you to track article citations, journal ratings, organization statistics, etc.),” ​​the telegram channel reports.

May 3, 2022

Activist and journalist Irina Danilovich disappeared in Crimea

Irina Danilovich, an activist of the trade union movement of doctors and a citizen journalist, disappeared in Crimea. Her lawyer Ayder Azamatov told Krym.Realii about this .

At 6 am on April 29, Danilovich was returning home from work from Koktebel to the village of Vladislavovka. She was allegedly stopped by the police along the way. At 10 am, OMON officers searched the home of the activist’s parents, Azamatov said.

May 2, 2022

Third Republic. What is happening in Kherson – the only regional center of Ukraine captured by Russia after February 24

Kherson is the only regional center that Russian troops have managed to occupy since the beginning of their invasion of Ukraine. The city with a population of almost 300 thousand people has been under the control of Russian troops for two months. Two days ago, mobile communications and the Internet disappeared in the region: relatives of Kherson residents fear that right now the Russian authorities will hold a referendum in the city on the creation of a “Kherson People’s Republic” modeled on the DPR and LPR.

April 30, 2022

In Penza, a volunteer was detained who collected things for Ukrainian refugees and helped them leave Russia

In Penza, the police took volunteer Irina Gurskaya, who helped Ukrainian refugees, from her home to police station No. 5 to give explanations. Lawyer Igor Zhulimov told about this on Facebook .

“Vigilant citizens anonymously complained to the state secret police that some strange collection of things was being carried out at the address of Irina Gurskaya’s residence, such as bringing something, then taking it away,” Zhulimov wrote.

April 28, 2022

A find for a spy. How artificial intelligence eavesdrops on the Russian military in Ukraine

One of the strangest hallmarks of the war with Ukraine has been the abundance of wiretaps of Russian military communications published in the media and social networks. Many units, and in some cases even the command, did not have encrypted radio communications, so on the battlefield the military had to talk on frequencies that can be easily listened to.

With the permission of Wired , Mediazona publishes a translation of the material on the next step in exploiting this vulnerability – automatic analysis of the contents of radio intercepts, which is carried out by the private American company Primer.

April 27, 2022

Journalist Maria Ponomarenko was sent to a pre-trial detention center in the case of “fake” about the army

The Oktyabrsky District Court of St. Petersburg sent RusNews journalist Maria Ponomarenko to a pre-trial detention center in the case of spreading “fake news” about the Russian army based on political hatred (paragraph “e” of part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code). It is reported by Sota .

According to the prosecution, on March 17, Ponomarenko “posted false information in her telegram channel that the Russian aerospace forces had carried out an airstrike on the drama theater in Mariupol, when official sources, including the Ministry of Defense, denied this information, about which the above the citizen knew.

April 26, 2022

Away from the news, in the center of the violence. New Yorker report from the Ukrainian village of Novyi Bykov, where prisoners were kept in the basement during the occupation

Mediazona continues to translate into Russian a series of long reports by  New Yorker  correspondent Joshua Yaffe from Ukraine. Reports from the occupied northern Ukraine provide the most complete picture of the events of this war to the Russian reader, who for many reasons is deprived of access to this kind of evidence.

April 25, 2022

Who dies in the war with Ukraine. Research “Mediazona

Mediazona, together with a team of volunteers, studied more than 1,700 publications about the death of Russian soldiers in Ukraine. This is more than the official death toll given by the Russian Defense Ministry at the end of March; the real losses are, of course, much higher. The data we have collected allows us to judge what happens to the Russian army during the invasion. Here are some conclusions:

April 24, 2022

Interrogations, searches, searches, interrogations. Flight from the bombed-out Mariupol through the Crimea and Russia to Georgia

After the outbreak of the war, Georgia became a destination not only for Russians fleeing sanctions and political repression, but also for Ukrainians fleeing the bombings. “Mediazona” publishes the story of a resident of Mariupol, who got to Georgia through the Crimea and southern Russia, overcoming mined roads and many checks along the way.

April 23, 2022

“You have a choice: either become a scoundrel and a scoundrel, or a victim of the regime.” Interview with Alexander Rodnyansky

Film producer Alexander Rodnyansky from Ukraine is known for his work on dozens of Russian films and TV series, such as Kadetstvo, Daddy’s Daughters, My Fair Nanny, 9th Company, Leviathan, Dylda and others. After he publicly opposed the war, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu demanded that the producer be removed from the country’s cultural agenda. An interview with Rodnyansky was published on his Instagram by journalist Ilya Krasilshchik. On the same day, the Dyer himself became a defendant in a criminal case about “fake news” about the Russian army because of the posts in which he described the events in Bucha. Mediazona publishes a full interview with the producer.

April 22, 2022

“You need to put someone in public, then you will understand, fuck it. Let’s start with you!” How commanders put pressure on those who refused to fight in Ukraine

Some military personnel and fighters of the National Guard refuse to participate in the war with Ukraine, how many of them are unknown, but the number goes to hundreds or even thousands. In the absence of martial law, it is difficult to bring a case against them for failure to comply with an order, so commanders put pressure on their subordinates in other ways – by persuasion, threats and dismissals. Using the example of several servicemen, Mediazona shows how this happens.

April 20, 2022

Valuable witness. Vladimir journalist left Russia due to anti-war graffiti case – now anonymous denunciations are being written against him

Journalists from the Vladimir-based publication Argument left Russia after the police came to them with searches in the No to War graffiti case. 17-year-old Yevgeny Sautin was the last to leave, fearing that he could turn from a witness in the case of vandalism into a defendant under a more serious article – shortly before leaving, someone anonymously accused him of rape. Recently, his father was already summoned to the Ministry of Internal Affairs – because of a statement in which they tried to make the journalist himself a victim of sexual violence.

April 19, 2022

“I am with Ukraine with all my heart.” The first defendants in the “fake” cases were an ex-employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and a lawyer from the Tomsk region – what do we know about them

On March 16, the first two criminal cases were opened in Russia for spreading “false information” about the Russian army . The defendants were two residents of the Tomsk region – a lawyer and human rights activist from Seversk and a retired policeman from Tomsk. “Mediazona” tells who these people are, what they think about the war between Russia and Ukraine and the accusations against them of spreading “fake news”.

April 18, 2022

“Let’s also introduce a day of victory over the maternity hospital.” Why they opened a case of “fakes” against Irina Gen, a teacher from Penza

On March 18, Irina Gen, an English teacher from Penza, made an anti-war speech explaining to the students of the 8th “b” school of the Olympic reserve why they would not be able to go to competitions in the Czech Republic. One of the schoolchildren recorded it on a dictaphone and handed it over to the security forces. Ten days later, a criminal case was opened against Gen for  fake news” about the Russian army based on political hatred. On April 15, in the investigative department for the Leninsky department of the Penza Investigative Committee, the teacher was acquainted with the audio recording of her conversation with the students, which formed the basis of the criminal case. “Mediazona” gives the transcript in its entirety.

April 16, 2022

“Justice is a utopian idea, but it will overtake many.” Interview with Ukrainian lawyer Dmytro Koval about the investigation of war crimes

The war in Ukraine has already become one of the most well-documented military conflicts in history – we know about what is happening not only from official reports, intelligence reports and photos from international agencies, but also from many amateur photos and videos documenting bombings, clashes, deaths and experiences of people . The scale of the destruction and the number of civilian deaths have prompted public speculation about the possibility of trials for war crimes and even genocide .

April 15, 2022

Girl with bombs. How an 84-year-old street artist from Borovsk “discredited” the Russian army with drawings on the walls of houses

In April, a court fined prominent street artist Vladimir Ovchinnikov from Borovsk for “discrediting” the Russian army. The reason was a girl depicted by him on the wall of the house in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, on whose head bombs fall. At the meeting, the judge asked Ovchinnikov what this picture means, and whose shells are flying at the child, and according to its results, he ordered the pensioner to pay 35 thousand rubles. Mediazona spoke with the artist about his attitude to the war and the repressive laws adopted by the authorities.

April 14, 2022

50 days of war in Ukraine is 50 days of protest in Russia. “Mediazona” has compiled a calendar of anti-war speeches since February 24

Exactly 50 days ago, Vladimir Putin announced the start of a “special military operation” against Ukraine. Despite brutal detentions, tougher censorship, and new repressive laws, all this time anti-war protests in Russia — at first massive, and later increasingly single — did not stop literally for a single day. Mediazona shows this with concrete examples that are easy to verify.

April 13, 2022

Coffee producer Lavazza decided to suspend work in Russia

Italian coffee producer Lavazza has decided to suspend operations in Russia due to the war in Ukraine. This is stated on the company’s website.

April 12, 2022

Leaving Mariupol. How to get out of the ruined city, which has become the most terrible evidence of the war in Ukraine

Throughout the month and a half of the fighting for Mariupol, the evacuation of civilians remained one of the most difficult issues for the Ukrainian authorities. Russian troops gradually took control of more and more districts of the city, making it difficult for Mariupol residents to travel to other regions of Ukraine – some of them were forced to leave for Russia or its controlled territories, where many, especially men, are carefully interrogated, studying tattoos and phones. Mediazona talked to those who did manage to leave the city — to Russia, Ukraine or other countries — and tried to describe how they left Mariupol, where, according to the mayor of the city, about 100,000 people still remain.