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Russian court fines Bağçasaray resident for pro-Ukraine tattoos

13.09.2023, 18:20

A Russian court in occupied Crimea fined a Bağçasaray resident 30,000 rubles for pro-Ukraine tattoos. Krym.Realii reports this, citing the Russian state propaganda news agency "RIA Novosti".

They claim that one of the tattoos was a trident with the caption "Crimea is Ukraine".

The court believes that such images and inscriptions are a call for the violation of the integrity of the Russian territory. According to the media, the man has painted the tattoo over with pigment.

As reported by IMI, a Russia-controlled court in the temporarily occupied Crimea arrested a 23-year-old man from Bağçasaray, Oleksandr Tyurenko, for two months after detaining him for urinating onto an installation with the letters Z and V. He is accused of vandalism motivated by political hatred (Part 2 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The man faces up to three years in prison.

His apology video was posted on Telegram by pro-Russian blogger Oleksandr Talipov. He posts personal data of pro-Ukrainian Crimeans on his channel. Talipov's denunciations result in those Crimeans facing administrative and criminal charges for "discrediting" the Russian army. The Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office has opened a case against Talipov under the article "inciting national enmity and hatred."

In September 2022, the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol City opened a case against Talipov under the article "inciting national enmity and hatred."

In August 2023, the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol issued a suspicion notice to Oleksandr Talipov, who crowdfunds for the needs of the Russian army. His actions are qualified as assistance to the aggressor state, and he faces up to 12 years in prison.

On June 12, 2023, Talipov reported an explosion near his house: the explosives were allegedly planted into a moped.

On May 22, 2022, the Verkhovna Rada adopted draft law No. 7214, prohibiting the symbols Z and V.

The Latin letters V and Z, which Russian troops use to mark their military equipment, have been associated with Russia's aggression against Ukraine since its start on February 24.

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