Write to Russia: Nadezhda Buyanova – remanded in custody on charges of spreading ‘fake news’ about the Russian military

Since 26 April 2024 67-year-old Moscow doctor Nadezhda Buyanova has been held on remand on charges of spreading ‘fake news’ about the Russian military in a conversation with a patient. She has also been dismissed from her position at the Moscow hospital where she worked.

On 2 February 2024, law enforcement officers searched the home of Nadezhda Buyanova, a paediatrician in a Moscow hospital, as part of a criminal investigation. The ground for the investigation was a report of a conversation the doctor allegedly had during an appointment at the hospital with one Anastasia Akinshina, wife of a Russian military serviceman killed in the war in Ukraine. Akinshina alleged that Buyanova told her that her husband ‘was a legitimate target for Ukraine.’ Buyanova has denied she said the words imputed to her. Initially Buyanova was charged with ‘Public dissemination, under the guise of reliable reports, of information known to be false about the use of the Russian armed forces’ under Article 207.3 (Part 1) of the Russian Criminal Code. However, in the final version of the indictment the case was reclassified with the more serious charge of ”Public dissemination, under the guise of reliable reports, of information known to be false about the use of the Russian armed forces on the grounds of political and ideological hatred’ under Article 207.3 (Part 2). On 26 April Buyanova, who in the pre-trial period was initially banned from certain actions and had already been dismissed by the hospital where she worked, was remanded in custody. On 15 May, a Moscow court extended her pre-trial detention until 2 November 2024

Memorial has recognised Buyanova as a political prisoner. The organisation considers all those either imprisoned or on remand on charges under Article 207.3 of the Russian Criminal Code as political prisoners.

Article 207.3 of the Russian Criminal Code on ‘fake news’ about the Russian army was adopted into law after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine to enable prosecution of dissidents. The article effectively prohibits any criticism of the war or of the Russian authorities, and contradicts the principle of legal certainty. Article 207.3 should be rescinded, all related criminal convictions quashed, and all on-going charges dropped. 

Memorial, 1 April 2024

Write to Russia – Write to Nadezhda Buyanova

The Russian penal system does not allow any messages to prisoners that are written in foreign languages, but Write to Russia is here to help you. To write to Nadezhda Buyanova to show your support for her, please send your letters as an email to us at: letters-to-prisoners@protonmail.com. We shall translate the letters into Russian for you and, depending on your request, either mail the translated letters on your behalf to Nadezhda Buyanova or return the letter to you by email for posting in an envelope with an address written in Russian. If we send the letter on your behalf, we ask that you compensate us for the cost of postage from the UK (currently £2.50 – $3.14; €2.92). To learn more about our letter writing project, click here: Write to Russia.

The address to write to Nadezhda Buyanova is:

109383, г. Москва, ул. Шоссейная, д. 92, ФКУ СИЗО-6 УФСИН России по г. Москве, Буяновой Надежде Фёдоровне 1956 г. р. 


If you would like to write to another person unjustly deprived of liberty in Russia, the project Write to Russia has so far highlighted the following cases:

  1. Sasha (Aleksandra) Skochilenko – imprisoned for peaceful anti-war protest – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-2/
  2. Mikhail Zhilin – imprisoned for refusing to fight against Ukraine – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-3/
  3. Aleksei Arbuzenko – imprisoned for protesting the war against Ukraine – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-4/
  4. Aleksei Navalny – imprisoned for peaceful participation in electoral politics – died in custody – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-5/
  5. Evgeny Zinich- imprisoned for his faith – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-6/
  6. Alsu Kurmasheva – held on remand for her work as a journalist – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-7/
  7. Bakhrom Khamroev – imprisoned for his political and religious beliefs and human rights work – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-8
  8. Andrei Kapatsyna – imprisoned for his religious beliefs and refusing to fight in Ukraine – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-9
  9. Gregory Vinter – imprisoned for speaking out about the killings in Bucha and Irpen – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-10
  10. Aleksei Gorinov – imprisoned for exercising his right to freedom of expression – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-11/
  11. Vladimir Kara-Murza – imprisoned for exercising his right to freedom of expression – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-12/
  12. Darya Poliudova – imprisoned for exercising her right to freedom of expression – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-13/
  13. Ilya Yashin – Ilya Yashin – imprisoned for speaking out about Russian war crimes in Ukraine – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-14/
  14. Appaz Kurtamet – imprisoned on fabricated charges of ‘financing an illegal armed group’ by a Russian-controlled court in occupied Crimea – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-15/
  15. Vyacheslav Malakhov – remanded in custody for criticising Putin for launching the war against Ukraine – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-16/
  16. Maria Ponomarenko – imprisoned for sharing information about the Russian attack on the Mariupol theatre – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-17/
  17. Grigory Melkonyants – held on remand for his work monitoring elections – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-18/
  18. Daniil Stepanov – imprisoned for anti-war ‘vandalism’ and ‘cooperation with ‘foreign organisations’ – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-19/
  19. Evgenia Berkovich – a theatre director held on remand on charges of ‘justifying terrorism’ in violation of the right to freedom of expression – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-20/
  20. Svetlana Petriychuk – a playwright held on remand on charges of ‘justifying terrorism’ in violation of the right to freedom of expression – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-21
  21. Oleg Orlov – prominent human rights defender imprisoned for exercising the right to freedom of expression – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-22
  22. Nariman Dzhelyal – Crimean Tatar activist imprisoned on false charges – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-23/
  23. Eduard Sharlot – a musician remanded in custody for criticising Russia’s war against Ukraine – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-24/
  24. Darya Kozyreva – remanded in custody on charges of ‘discrediting’ the Russian army – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-25/
  25. Evgeniya Maiboroda – imprisoned for five and a half years on charges of ‘discrediting the Russian army’ – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-26/
  26. Ukrainian citizens Volodymyr Udovyka, Volodymyr Linnyk, Viktoriia Tkachenko and Nataliia Prydatchenko – imprisoned in violation of the Geneva Conventions – https://www.rightsinrussia.org/write-to-russia-27/

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