On the morning of May 11, 2022, law enforcement officers came to search
the apartment of the civil activist Boris Romanov. On the evening of that day, the Vyborg District Court charged Boris under article 207.3, part 2, sub-paragraph d
of the RF Criminal Code (“dissemination of false information about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation motivated by hatred”) and sent him to Detention Center 6 (on May 27, he was transferred to the Kresty prison). He is now facing up to 10 years in jail.
Unlike other people charged under this article, Boris didn’t even publish anti-war posts on social media. What triggered his arrest was a video
posted in the “Svetlanovskoye neighbours” group, in which a man resembling Boris congratulated the members of the municipal council on “the ending of the war” following the talks in Istanbul. The video has already been deleted from the group. The investigators also claim that they found “extremist materials” in Boris Romanov’s apartment.