A single father, who was separated from his daughter and sentenced on Tuesday to 2 years in jail over “discrediting” the Russian military, has fled home arrest, officers stated.
Alexei Moskalyov, 54, first got here to the authorities’ consideration final yr after his daughter Maria drew an image in school exhibiting missiles subsequent to a Russian flag heading in direction of a girl and baby standing by a Ukrainian flag.
Subsequently a felony case was opened towards him over alleged feedback criticising Russia’s assault on Ukraine.
On Tuesday, a courtroom within the city of Yefremov south of Moscow handed Moskalyov a two-year jail sentence over feedback on social media criticising Moscow’s assault on Ukraine.
However in a dramatic flip of occasions, courtroom officers stated Moskalyov had fled home arrest.
Moskalyov has been separated from his 13-year-old daughter as punishment for his criticism of Kremlin insurance policies, a primary in Russia, specialists say.
“The decision was learn out within the absence of the defendant, as a result of he disappeared and didn’t seem on the listening to,” Elena Mikhailovskaya, a spokeswoman for the Yefremov district courtroom, instructed AFP.
Moskalyov’s lawyer Vladimir Biliyenko stated he was in a “state of shock”.
“His disappearance is a complete shock for me. This has occurred for the primary time in my profession,” he instructed AFP.
He stated that Moskalyov’s daughter Maria could possibly be despatched to an orphanage “inside a month”.
The Moskalyovs’ case has garnered nationwide consideration and led to a web-based petition calling for the lady to be re-united together with her father.
The pair hail from Yefremov, a small city of round 37,000 folks some 300 kilometres (180 miles) south of Moscow.
The case towards Moskalyov was opened after Maria’s headmistress contacted the police about her image with the flags and the missiles.
Police stated a web-based search uncovered feedback criticising Moscow’s motion in Ukraine on the social media profiles of the lady’s father.
In early March, authorities positioned Maria in a “rehabilitation centre” for minors, whereas Moskalyov was put below home arrest.
On Monday, prosecutors demanded a two-year jail time period for the daddy.
Since President Vladimir Putin despatched troops to Ukraine over a yr in the past public criticism of Moscow’s offensive within the pro-Western nation has been outlawed.
Through the peak of Stalin-era purges within the late Nineteen Thirties hundreds of youngsters have been taken away from their mother and father.
In trendy Russia, the primary recorded makes an attempt to strip activists of parental rights have been in Moscow in 2019. Prosecutors’ makes an attempt to punish two households for taking their youngsters to political protests weren’t profitable on the time, nevertheless.
Even Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner paramilitary drive spearheading Russia’s assault in jap Ukraine, has voiced help for Maria and criticised the native authorities.
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