On the morning of April 12, 2022, Federal Security Service officials detained
Mr. Ochirov at his work place. People wearing masks broke into the office, several of them beat up
Altan in front of the investigator and took him in for questioning. Altan was charged with “dissemination of false information about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation motivated by hatred and using official powers” (article 207.3, part 2, sub-paragraphs a, b, d
The investigators claim
that Altan had created the “Volnyj Ulus” channel in March 2022. Using his work computer, he allegedly published “inaccurate information about the Russian Army”. In reality, however, the “Ulus” channel has existed for a number of years. Altan was in charge
of the opposition channel until early 2022; since March 2022 the channel has been managed by a different person, who does not live
in Russia. Despite that the court refuses
to conduct a technical examination in order to identify the precise device that was used to publish the posts.