News of the Week

Week-ending 7 June 2024

Russia’s War against Ukraine

After serving 15 days in solitary confinement, Ilya Yashin has been given another 12 days in the punitive cell. A court rejected an appeal filed by Yashin against a fine for an alleged violation of the law on “foreign agents.” (RFE/RL, 4/6/24, 6/6/24)

Women from ‘Way Home,’ a group demanding the return of their loved ones drafted to fight in Ukraine, staged a protest outside the Russian Defense Ministry building. On 31 May Russia had designated the group a “foreign agent.” (The Moscow Times, 3/6/24, 1/6/24)

A court in St. Petersburg on June 5 sentenced U.S.-Russian citizen Yury Malev to 3 1/2 years of colony settlement on a charge of “rehabilitating Nazism.” (RFE/RL, 5/6/24)

A Moscow court on Wednesday sentenced Twitch streamer Anna Bazhutova to five and a half years in prison for livestreaming witness testimony about alleged Russian atrocities in the Ukrainian city of Bucha. (The Moscow Times, 6/6/24)

The Supreme Court upheld a five-year prison sentence against prominent anti-war sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky on charges of “justifying terrorism”. (The Moscow Times, 5/6/24)

Self-exiled Russian journalist Dmitry Kolezev said investigators had requested a Moscow court issue an arrest warrant for him on a charge of “distributing of false information about the Russian military motivated by political hatred.” (RFE/RL, 5/6/24)

A Moscow court fined an Iranian for discrediting the Russian army by wearing a sweatshirt with Ukraine’s national symbols and a slogan against the Russian invasion. (RFE/RL, 5/6/24)

A group of Russian cybercriminals is behind the ransomware attack that halted operations and tests in major London NHS hospitals, the former chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre has said. (The Guardian, 5/6/24)

Aleksei Navalny

Navalny’s parents and supporters laid flowers at his grave on what would have been his 48th birthday, people also laid flowers at memorials to victims of Soviet-era political repression in cities like St. Petersburg, Perm and Vladivostok. Moscow police detained two women who came to pay their respects at Navalny’s grave. (The Moscow Times, 5/6/24, RFE/RL, 5/6/24)

Other cases

A court in Luchegorsk, Primorye, has sentenced an unidentified Jehovah’s Witness to 6 years and 2 months in prison on charges of organizing an extremist group. (RFE/RL, 7/6/24)

Russian law enforcement authorities will investigate pop star Olga Buzova for performing on Children’s Day in a revealing outfit that sparked outrage among conservative figures, investigators said Monday. (The Moscow Times, 3/6/24)


Documents from the Fund for Support and Protection of the Rights of Compatriots Living Abroad (Pravfond) indicate the foundation finances propaganda websites targeted at Europeans. (The Guardian, 2 June 2024)

Senior EU experts discussing [disinformation during EU elections] earlier this year heard estimates that Russia was spending €1bn on disinformation. (The Guardian, 4 June 2024)

Authorities detained French citizen Laurent Vinatier on suspicion of gathering information about the military and violating the law on “foreign agents.” (The Moscow Times, 6/6/24)

France’s domestic intelligence agency detained a 26-year-old Russian-Ukrainian man on suspicion of planning a violent act. (RFE/RL, 5/6/24)

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