Case against Motuznaya accused of extremism terminated after amendments in Criminal Code
In the end of December, Putin approved the partial decriminalization of Article 282 CCRF.
The high-profile case of a student from Barnaul, Maria Motuznaya, regarding the publication of religious memes in a social network was terminated after the partial decriminalization of Article 282 on extremism. Apart from that, a criminal prosecution under the same article against another resident of the Altai Territory, Andrey Shasherin, was terminated as well, TASS reported, referring to regional Investigative Directorate of the ICR.
The case against Motuznaya was instituted in the spring of 2018 because of the memes that were found on a deleted account on VKontakte. In October, the student left for Kiev, after which she asked the Internet users to help her to raise money to start a new life in Europe.
The case against Motuznaya resonated and became one of the model ones in the Altai Territory. At that, the same students reported on the young “extremists.”
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