‘Political Prisoners. Memorial’: Tatyana Moskalenko is a political prisoner

9 January 2024

Tatyana Moskalenko faces up to six years in prison for reposting videos calling for protests against the war with Ukraine and against mobilisation

Source: Political Prisoners. Memorial

The human rights project ‘Political Prisoners. Memorial,’ in accordance with international standards, considers Tatyana Moskalenko a political prisoner. Moskalenko is being prosecuted for inciting activities against the security of the state because of reposts of publications opposing the war against Ukraine and against mobilisation. Moskalenko’s prosecution violates her rights to freedom of expression and fair trial.

We demand the immediate release of Tatyana Moskalenko and that all criminal charges against her be dropped.

Who is Tatyana Moskalenko and what are the charges against her?

Tatyana Moskalenko, 62, is a pensioner from Maikop. In the media she has been described as a supporter of the Movement of Citizens of the USSR, which has been declared extremist in Russia. Supporters of this movement believe that the USSR was dissolved illegally and do not recognise the Russian Federation.

On her page on the VK social media site, Moskalenko published posts criticising the authorities. After the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and then mobilisation, she began to publish videos about the problems faced by those mobilised and how to avoid being sent to the front. One of the videos ended with the words: ‘Friends, please don’t be led by these criminals, don’t be occupiers, refuse to participate in this criminal, fascist war of conquest.’

On 15 August 2023, Moskalenko’s home was searched. It became known that a criminal case had been opened against her for the offence of ‘inciting activities against the security of the state’ (Article 280.4, Part 2, of the Russian Criminal Code). According to the investigative authorities, Moskalenko published a video ‘containing calls to protest against the Special Military Operation in Ukraine, to carry out actions to disrupt mobilisation, as well as to obstruct the work of military enlistment centres on the territory of the Russian Federation.’

On 18 August, Moskalenko was remanded in custody. If convicted, she faces up to six years’ imprisonment.

Why do we consider Moskalenko a political prisoner?

We do not know for which specific social media posts Moskalenko is being prosecuted. However, the wording of the charges against her suggests that she is being prosecuted for her anti-war stance.

Article 280.4 of the Russian Criminal Code, under which Moskalenko has been charged, was added to the Criminal Code after the start of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine. The article was part of a package of new repressive measures added to the Criminal Code to enable the prosecution of those who criticised the Russian invasion and it has already become an important tool of military censorship.

We underline that ‘the security of the Russian Federation’ is threatened, not by calling on military personnel to refuse to participate in the criminal armed aggression, but by the war of aggression itself that has been unleashed by Russia.

A detailed description of the case of Tatyana Moskalenko and the position of the Human Rights Project are available on our website.

Recognition of an individual as a political prisoner does not imply the project, ‘Political Prisoners. Memorial,’ agrees with, or approves of, their views, statements, or actions.

How can you help?

You can write a letter to Tatyana Moskalenko at the following address:

In Russian: 350001, г. Краснодар, ул. Воронежская, д. 42, ФКУ СИЗО-1 УФСИН России по Краснодарскому краю, Москаленко Татьяне Михайловне, 1961 г. р.

English translation: Tatyana Mikhailovna Moskalenko (born 1961), Remand Prison No. 1, Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for Krasnodar region, 42 Voronezhskaya Street, Krasnodar, 350001, Russia.

You can also send an electronic letter via the F-Letter or Zonatelekom services.

Please note that letters in languages other than Russian are highly unlikely to reach the recipient.

You can donate to support all political prisoners via our website. 

Translated by Rights in Russia

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