Early morning on May 5, law-enforcement officers came
to five of the participants of the Peaceful Resistance
activist group. In the aftermath of the search, the police detained the activist Olga Smirnova. In early March, she published several critical posts in Peaceful Resistance
’s public group in VKontakte.
For publishing posts against the “special military operation” Olga was charged with “dissemination of false information about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation” (Art. 207.3), committed by a group of persons (sub-paragraph b
), for personal gain (sub-paragraph g
), and motivated by hatred (sub-paragraph d
). The rest of the participants of Peaceful Resistance
were released as witnesses.
Olga’s trial is scheduled to take place in the end of July. Until then, the activist will remain in custody. Olga’s supporters are concerned that the law-enforcement authorities may come after her friends and family.
Smirnova as a political prisoner.