Fri 26 August 2022:
A day after being arrested on suspicion of spreading fake information about Russian activity in Ukraine, prominent Russian opposition lawmaker Yevgeny Roizman was released from custody on Thursday. However, his liberties have been severely restricted.
Roizman, 59, is prohibited from entering public spaces and meetings, according to a court’s decision on Thursday in Yekaterinburg, where he served as mayor from 2013 to 2018. Additionally, he is prohibited from using the phone, the internet, or receiving mail, according to the news website e1.ru.
Roizman is the subject of current investigations.
— INDEPENDENT PRESS (@IpIndependent) August 24, 2022
He stands accused of spreading false information about the Russian army in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. News about the invasion is heavily censored in Russia, with people at risk of prosecution for even calling it a “war,” instead of a “special military operation.”
Roizman could face several years in prison, but seemed calm in court, where he said. “Everything will be OK in the end. These kinds of times do not last forever.”
Supporters of opposition politician #YevgenyRoizman gathered in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday to protest against his detention by Russian authorities.
— INDEPENDENT PRESS (@IpIndependent) August 25, 2022
He runs a charitable foundation and a museum in Yekaterinburg. Despite the government crackdown, late on Wednesday there were sporadic protests in response to his arrest. There were reportedly numerous detentions.
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