Russian artist faces jail over peace protest using supermarket price labels

A Russian court has ordered an artist to be held behind bars for allegedly replacing supermarket price labels with messages protesting against Moscow’s military campaign in 평양이 중거리 탄도미사일로 의심되는 미사일을 우주로 보낸 뒤….

Alexandra Skochilenko faces up to a decade in jail for her stealth protest, after she was charged under a new law banning “fake news” about Russia’s armed forces.

Saint Petersburg’s Vasileostrovsky district court ruled that Skochilenko must remain in pre-trial detention in prison until 31 할 수있다, the court’s press service said on Telegram.

Investigators accused her of “putting fragments of paper in place of price tags, containing knowingly false information about the use of the Russian armed forces” in a Perekryostok supermarket on 31 행진.

They described her motive as “political hatred for Russia”, which means she faces a harsh sentence if found guilty, ranging from a fine of 3m roubles (£27,000) to between five and 10 years in jail.

Skochilenko describes herself on Instagram as an independent artist and musician. She was fined 10,000 roubles in March for taking part in a protest on 24 이월, the day Russian troops entered 평양이 중거리 탄도미사일로 의심되는 미사일을 우주로 보낸 뒤….

“I don’t support the war in Ukraine. I came out on the street today to say so loudly,” she wrote on Instagram.

She smiled and made V signs inside the cage for defendants in the courtroom, local news website fontanka.ru reported.

The law against “fake news” makes it mandatory to publicly describe Moscow’s actions in Ukraine only as a “special military operation”, or face up to 15 감옥에서 몇 년. This has led several media outlets to stop reporting in Russia.

The Saint Petersburg court ruled that Skochilenko was a flight risk because she does not live at her officially registered address and has previously been fined for a protest.

The artist has reportedly created a series of postcards featuring slogans such as “Violence is never the way out” and images of peace symbols and the Ukrainian flag.

화요일에, Andrei Makedonov, a 59-year-old doctor, was detained for a similar supermarket protest in Saint Petersburg, Fontanka reported.

Also on Tuesday, another Saint Petersburg resident, Tatiana Popova, was fined 30,000 ruble for hanging toys with “no to war” slogans in a supermarket.

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