Russian authorities open criminal case against opposition leader Ilya Yashin

Ilya Yashin

Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin (File image)

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Moscow: Russia on Tuesday opened a criminal case against Ilya Yashin. Notably, Yashin is one of the last Kremlin critics remaining in Russia. The case was opened against the opposition leader for allegedly spreading false information about Russian Army‘s operation in Ukraine.

According to reports, the probe was launched against Yashin for speaking about the Bucha killings. The development was confirmed by Yashin’s lawyer Vadim Prokhorov. He told Russian News agencies that his client spoke of “the murder of civilians in Bucha” in Ukraine on his YouTube channel on April 7.

A search was reportedly carried out at Yashin’s residence. His other lawyer, Mikhail Biriukov, said that the opposition leader was taken out of prison to attend. Yashin was sentenced to 15 days in jail for disobeying police in June this year, reported AFP.

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Notably, Yashin is a Moscow city councillor. He has been a prominent opposition figure in Russia since mss protests took place in the country against President Vladimir Putin in 2011-12. He also condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops started a military operation in Ukraine on February 24 this year.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the country imposed prison sentences of up to 15 years for spreading information about the Russian Army which considers being false by authorities. Yashin is an ally of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. his political organisation have also been outlawed. The Russian government has stepped up efforts to curb dissent since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.