The Russian Justice sentenced a father to two years in prison for “discrediting the Russian Army” because her daughter drew a picture against the invasion of Ukraine.
In April of last year, Masha Moskaleva He had to make a drawing for his art class referring to the war conflict. The student of school No. 9 in the city of Efremov in the Tula region (south of Moscow), drew: Russian and Ukrainian flags with the words: “No to war” and “Glory to Ukraine”, and a woman with a child, over whom rockets fly from Russia.
As published by the Russian portal Ovd info, the school director, Larisa Trofimova, called the police. The next day, Masha was removed from the classroom and taken to the apartment together with her father and the guardianship service. The next day, the officers of the Russian secret service (FSB) spoke with the little girl.
As a consequence of that drawing, a protocol was drawn up against Aleksey Moskalev for discrediting the Russian army (part 1 of article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). In addition, the Russian justice found that Aleksey Msokalev uploaded a video to the Odnoklassniki portal in which he declared that his daughter no longer wanted to go to school out of fear and classified the Russian army as: “The perpetrators are with us.” Based on these statements, he was fined 35 thousand rubles (a little more than 450 dollars).
The next day, father and daughter are taken to the Office for Minors. Moskalev is accused of raising his daughter “incorrectly”. As published by the independent Russian media OVD-Info, since he was three years old, Masha was raised alone by her father Aleksey, who runs a small business breeding decorative birds.. Masha’s mother lives in another city.
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The story of the Moskalev
Shortly before the end of the year, DW learned, the Moskalevs received another visit from the police. “It was December 30 at half past six in the morning,” Aleksey recalled in the interview with OVD-Info. “I wanted to go to work, I looked out the window, and I was surprised: three cars were parked around my house of the Police, and two others were behind. In addition, there was a Catastrophe Protection vehicle. About twelve men from the FSB secret service and the Police went directly to the entrance of our house, with a grinder in hand. It was immediately clear to me that they were coming towards us.”
The agents vandalized the interior of the house, Moskalev said. They ripped clothes from closets, ripped pictures from walls, and threw furniture. During that action, they confiscated the family’s savings, about $3,150, which immediately aroused the mistrust of officials: “Who pays you? Who do you work for?” Finally, they beat Aleksey Moskalev’s head against the wall and against the floor.
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The accusation against Aleksey Moskalev
After the damage, father and daughter decided to hide in the neighborhood. But on March 1 they were discovered by the Police. Now they are threatened with a trial for “repeated discrediting of the Russian Army”. Aleksey Moskalev is also charged for critical posts against the Navy. However, he denies those charges and stated that his account was hacked.
The authorities started a process to withdraw the right to raise their daughter Masha, who is no longer allowed to live in their house, and was transferred to a children’s home. On March 27, the court decided that Aleksey should serve a two-year prison term.
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The night before the guilty verdict against Aleksey Moskalev was handed down, according to the court, the father fled. Olga Podolskaia, deputy of the Yefremov Parliament, in dialogue with DW projection: “An actual jail term for an opinion on the internet, that’s just horrible!”
Beyond the concern about the disappearance of the father, there is also concern about the whereabouts of his daughter. Olga Podoslskaia said that she tried several times to locate Masha Moskaleva, but there has been no trace of the girl for weeks. The deputy learned of a letter that Masha managed to write, and which ends with the sentence: “Dad, you are my hero!”
The news spread throughout Russia and the actions of Aleksey Moskalev and his daughter Masha causing more than 143 thousand people signed a petition demanding Masha’s return to her home.
nt / ds / ed
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