A 19-year-old Russian teen from the Arkhangelsk region was arrested and may face years in prison for her social media posts that allegedly discredit the Russian army and justify terrorism.
Olesya Krivtsova has been listed in the names of terrorists and extremists, such as ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, for posting an Instagram story about the explosion that happened on the Crimean bridge in October and criticising Russia for invading Ukraine.
Russian Teen Arrested For Criticising Ukrainian War Via Social Media Post
Krivtsova is facing criminal charges for discrediting the Russian army by making an allegedly critical repost of the war ongoing at that time in a student chat on the popular Russian social networking site VK.
Natalya Krivtsova, the teenager’s mother said to Outlet, that it December 26, when the police forcefully burst into her daughter’s apartment and forced them to lie down on the floor.
The police allegedly threatened the 19-year-old with a sledgehammer and claimed that it was a “hello” from the Wagner Group led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, which forcefully recruits convicts into the army. Yevgeny Nuzhin, a former prisoner, was killed with a sledgehammer as he tried to abandon this station. The police allegedly showed Krivtsova the video of the execution, As her mother told CNN, “Olesya was very frightened because she saw the video in which a prisoner was being killed with a sledgehammer.”
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19-year-old Olesya Krivtsova is a student at the Northern Arctic Federal University in the city of Arkhangelsk. As per the outlet’s report, Krivtsova is currently under house arrest in Severodvinsk at her mother’s apartment and is completely banned from going online in any way or using any other forms of communication.
Krivtsova’s lawyer, Alexei Kichin spoke to CNN and informed that Krivtsova can face up to three years in prison for the crime of discrediting the Russian army and around seven years in prison under the article of justification of terrorism in Russia.