On the evening of February 24, 2022, in Tyumen, 22-year-old student Kirill Martyushev staged a single person anti-war protest against the “special operation”. On the same day he was detained
by the police, and on March 1 he was fined
19,000 roubles by the court. The investigators believe
that right after he was detained, the activist published a video in his telegram channel criticizing the police. This video provided grounds for launching a criminal case against him.
On March 5, 2022, the Federal Security Service officers came to Kirill’s apartment. The activist had enough time to call
his lawyer to say that they were breaking down his doors. After the search Kirill disappeared for 24 hours. Only on March 7 did it become known that the court ordered his arrest
until May 1. Kirill was charged with “public calls to extremism” (article 280, part 2), for which he is facing up to 5 years in prison.
In May, the court extended Kirill’s arrest until July 3 and ordered his forensic psychiatric evaluation. Then the arrest was extended until November 12. The judges are refusing to transfer Kirill to house arrest, even though, according to his lawyer, there is every reason for it. While the investigators are siting on their hands, Kirill remains in custody. So far he has spent almost 4 months under arrest because of a video, the contents of which he can’t even remember.