Petr Mylnikov is a small business owner
and in the past – a manager of the enterprise “Teploseti” (“District heating networks”) in his town. Since 2019 Mr. Mylnikov had been running a Viber chat with a “talking” name: “We Live in Ruins”. In this chat, the concerned citizen would discuss problems facing the region, such as extreme poverty, outdated infrastructure, a lack of interest from the authorities, etc. The beginning of the “special operation” was a painful development for Petr, and he addressed this issue directly in his blog.
A criminal case against Petr was launched in March 2022, but the information about it surfaced
only in April. The investigation was triggered by two publications, both from March 5. Mr. Mylnikov shared
in his chat some documents about the progress of the “special operation”. These posts were seen by some law enforcement officers, who happened to be members of the “Ruins” chat. On the evening of March 28, when Petr was coming home from work, he was detained and taken to the police station, where he was charged with “disseminating false information about the Russian Army” (article 207.3, part 1).