Former mayor of Yekaterinburg Evgeny Roizman detained in a criminal case on discrediting the Russian army

Former mayor of Yekaterinburg Evgeny Roizman detained in a criminal case on discrediting the Russian army

Former mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman detained in a criminal case on discrediting the Russian army

Police officers at the office of the Yevgeny Royzman Charitable Foundation in Yekaterinburg   Former mayor of Yekaterinburg Yevgeny Roizman detained in a criminal case on discrediting the Russian army

The former mayor of Yekaterinburg, opposition politician Yevgeny Roizman was detained on the morning of August 24 by police special forces in a criminal case of discrediting the Russian army. On this charge, he could face up to five years in prison. Mash was the first to report the arrest.

At the Roizman Foundation, the state agency TASS was informed that searches were being carried out in their offices. In addition, the Nevyansk Icon museum in Yekaterinburg and his apartment belonging to the oppositionist are being searched.

Roizman said that a criminal case under the article “Public actions aimed at discrediting the Armed Forces of Russia” was initiated against him in Moscow. “280th article, part three. The case is in Moscow,” the politician shouted from the window of his apartment to reporters.

According to a TASS source, the case was opened because of a video on Roizman’s YouTube channel.

Roizman’s lawyer, Vladislav Idamzhapov, said “Interfax” that he could not get into the apartment of his client.

After Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, Roizman was fined three times under an administrative article for discrediting the Russian army. The politician sharply criticizes the Russian leadership, including for the invasion of Ukraine.

Roizman is a well-known regional politician, former State Duma deputy, former mayor of Yekaterinburg, a city with a population of more than a million people. He is a member of the Union of Writers and an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Fame for the oppositionist was brought in the late 1990s by the City Without Drugs Foundation. Activists of the organization participated in police raids to detain suspected drug dealers. The Foundation has been criticized for detaining drug users against their will.

After the February invasion of Ukraine, the Russian parliament hastily adopted and the Russian president signed into law laws that effectively introduced military censorship in the country. The courts consider reports about the war in Ukraine not based on official Russian sources, including dissemination of information about the death of civilians and the commission of alleged war crimes by the Russian military, to be discrediting the Russian army.