A Russian man sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony on expenses of discrediting the armed forces has fled from home arrest, a courtroom has mentioned.
Police investigated Alexei Moskalyov after his daughter drew an anti-war image at college and he was convicted over social media posts criticising the battle.
Moskalyov, 54, fled home arrest earlier than his verdict was delivered in his Russian hometown of Yefremov and is at giant, courtroom officers mentioned.
His 13-year-old daughter Maria, who has been taken from him by the authorities, wrote a supportive letter for his trial from the orphanage the place she resides, in accordance with his lawyer, telling him: “Daddy, you’re my hero.”
He has been separated from her since he was positioned underneath home arrest earlier this month.
Moskalyov’s lawyer, Vladimir Biliyenko, mentioned he had not seen his shopper since Monday and didn’t know whether or not he had fled, as he had solely the courtroom spokesperson’s assertion to go by.
“At the moment, to be honest, I’m in a state of shock,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the defence would enchantment in opposition to the decision.
Moskalyov was investigated after his daughter, then 12, drew an image displaying Russian missiles raining down on a Ukrainian mom and little one, prompting the top of the varsity to name the police.
The drawing featured a Ukrainian flag with the phrases “Glory to Ukraine” and a Russian tricolour with the slogan “No to war”.
Moskalyov says he’s ‘in opposition to’ Kremlin’s ‘particular army operation’
Moskalyov was indicted for a sequence of social media posts about Russian atrocities in Ukraine and referencing the terrorist regime in Moscow – nevertheless he insists he didn’t make the posts.
In a brief closing assertion, Moskalyov mentioned he was “against” what the Kremlin insists on calling a “special military operation”.
“How can one feel about death, about people who are dying? Adults are dying, children. … Only negatively – how else can one feel about a war?” he was quoted as saying by Russia’s impartial information website Mediazona.
Russia outlawed the act of discrediting the armed forces shortly after it invaded Ukraine final 12 months.
Court officers mentioned Moskalyov fled home arrest in a single day from his condominium in Yefremov, round 300km (186 miles) south of Moscow, and had apparently taken off a bracelet that tracked his actions.
When an official introduced in courtroom he had fled, some in attendance shouted: “Bravo!”