Court left admins of VKontakte groups selling AUE accessories in remand prison

Court left admins of VKontakte groups selling AUE accessories in remand prison

Young people were told that there was extremism in their public groups, and they themselves were “supporters of an ideology of violence against law enforcement officers.“

The Moscow City Court has left in custody the person involved in the case of activities of public page A.U.E in social network VKontakte, Artem Zuyev. The defense and the prisoner himself insisted that he did not pose any danger to society at large. Moreover, the investigation is coming to an end, and the defendants are to face trial, Kommersant reports. A resident of Yekaterinburg Artem Zuyev and his accomplices were arrested in May 2018. After the interrogation, they were taken to Lefortovo detention center in Moscow. Now they are convicted under part 2 of Art. 282.1 of the Criminal Code (Participation in an Extremist Community).

It was Mediazona that reported on the case of posts in the social network featuring AUE-related things for the first time in August of this year. In an interview, one of the defendants, who identified himself as Nikita Ptitsin (the name has been changed), said that he and his brother, wife, and friend ran several public pages in VKontakte, the main purpose of which was to sell accessories associated with thieves-in-law: playing cards, backgammon, beads, lighters, and phone cases.

None of the detainees had previously served time or been prosecuted. The business, according to the administrators, netted a very modest income - about 10 thousand rubles ($148.4) a month. Nikita Ptitsin at the same time did military service on a contract in Syria, but a month after the signing of another contract, the command strongly recommended that he quit, because they noticed a picture of backgammon with a sickle and a hammer on one side and a swastika on the other on his page in social networks. A few weeks later, law enforcement officers came to the administrators of public pages. The Central Office of the FSB of Russia, which usually oversees cases against people representing a threat to the state, started to work on the case.

Young people were told that there was extremism in their public groups, and they were “supporters of an ideology of violence against law enforcement officers Prisoner’s Urka Unity.” It is known that Artyom Zuyev admitted his guilt and repented. However, the court once again refused to release him from the detention center under house arrest.

Notably, there are no articles for the propaganda of the criminal subculture in the media and the Internet in the Criminal and Administrative Codes of Russia. In June of this year, the relevant committee of the State Duma rejected such a legislative initiative, stating that the document was “extremely vague.” However, at the beginning of this year, Roskomnadzor reported that the courts had made 34 decisions to remove “materials of the informal youth criminalized movement AUE” from the Internet.

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