Ilya Yashin wrote a letter from the pre-trial detention center. He suggested that his criminal case about “fakes” about the Russian army was initiated by Kiriyenko’s decree.

Politician Ilya Yashin, who is currently arrested in the case of “fakes” about the Russian army (clause “e” of part 2 of article 207.3 of the Criminal Code), wrote a letter from the pre-trial detention center.

According to him, the Russian authorities initially did not want to “imprison” him. People from the presidential administration, according to Yashin, “would prefer to see him in exile, and not behind bars.”

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“A search in the municipality, pressure on deputies from my team, demonstrative surveillance of loved ones, a bunch of administrative cases – all these were hints,” an invitation to emigrate, “the letter says.

Yashin believes that the final decision to initiate a criminal case was made after he gave an interview to journalist Yuri Dudyu. The politician writes that it “caused strong irritation.”

“The name of the person in the Presidential Administration who gave the direct order to imprison me was never given to me. Based on hints, I can assume that this is Sergei Kiriyenko (former prime minister, now in charge of internal politics in the administration),” says Yashin.

He called the “ideological” employee of the “E” Center, Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Kucherov, the direct executor of the political order. The politician says that Kucherov explained to him what his fault was: after quoting the Russian position on the killings in Bucha and the BBC footage in the stream, along with the opinion of the Western media, Yashin did not say that he agreed with the opinion of the Russian Defense Ministry.

“These shots are regarded by the investigation as a ‘staging and provocation of the Kyiv regime’, as it is stated in the official statement of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (the statement is attached to the case). But here’s the funny thing: the materials also indicate that I myself quoted this statement of the Ministry of Defense on the stream” , – says the message of the politician in his telegram channel.

On July 13, the Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested politician Ilya Yashin for two months in the case of “fakes” about the Russian army (paragraph “d” of part 2 of article 207.3 of the Criminal Code).

Yashin is one of the few prominent opposition politicians who did not leave Russia after the wave of repression against supporters of Alexei Navalny and the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He spoke publicly against the war.

The criminal case against the politician became known a day earlier. The reason for the case was the April live broadcast on YouTube, in which Yashin spoke about the actions of the Russian army in Bucha. The politician faces up to 10 years in prison.

Since June 28, Yashin has been serving an arrest in an administrative case on disobedience to the demands of the police (Article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). He was detained at night when he was walking in the park. Yashin himself claimed that he did not show any disobedience during the arrest.

In May, the court fined the politician a total of 90,000 rubles under four protocols on “discrediting” the Russian army (Part 1 of Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses).

Prior to that, he was interrogated in the case of the distribution of “fakes” about the military by the deputies of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, which he previously headed. The reason for initiating a criminal case was the recording of a meeting of the Council of Deputies, at which deputy Oleksiy Gorinov proposed to declare a minute of silence “in memory of the victims of aggression in Ukraine.” On July 8, the court sentenced Gorinov to seven years in prison.

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