The law enforcement officers weren’t too courteous with Maria either. The woman was detained on the evening of April 14 in the street, where she was distributing advertising flyers. According to Maria
, during the interrogation the FSS officers were rude, they were yelling and swearing at her. Just like Richard, Maria was accused of publishing “fake videos”. At the moment the woman is prohibited from certain actions and activities (she is not allowed to use the internet, leave the house after 8:00 pm, etc.).
In the past, Richard has already been fined for taking part in political protests, and in 2021 he was invited
for a “prophylactic conversation” to the Center for Combating Extremism known as “Center E” (a semi-independent unit within the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs). But Maria has faced the repressive system for the first time.
Richard and Maria each face up to 10 years in prison under article 207.3, part 2, sub-paragraph d
: “dissemination of false information motivated by hatred”. The investigation will continue
until August. Until that time, the couple can only rely on help from their friends and family.
Right now Maria has no permanent job, a child, and a husband under arrest. She is being threatened
with termination of her parental rights and a forced psychiatric evaluation. On top of everything else, her husband has an untreated traumatic brain injury, because of which he suffers from bad tremors. Remaining in the detention center may be detrimental to the man’s health.
The Roses are being helped by their friends: They bring food and collect small sums of money for parcels and legal services. However, this money may not be enough to see the case through and pay millions of roubles in fines (that is, if the couple is not sentenced to time in prison by the court).
Richard and Mary as a political prisoners.