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Pro-Navalny Moscow lawmaker detained after trial for ‘war forgery’

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Opposition Moscow City MP Ilya Yashin was arrested Monday night a month after he was found guilty of “discrediting” the Russian military, lawyers and journalists said.

Freelance journalist Irina Babloyan said she and Yashin were walking in a park in the Khamovniki district of central Moscow when police officers took him in an unknown direction.

Babloyan later said she learned Yashin was charged with disobeying police orders.

If found guilty, the opposition politician faces up to 15 days in prison.

Lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said he was denied access to see Yashin at the police station.

He added that Yashin’s trial is scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning.

Yashin, 38, is one of the few opposition figures who has not fled Russia despite the authorities’ unprecedented crackdown on dissent during the war in Ukraine.

Russia has cracked down on anti-war protests, independent press and social media since launching what Moscow calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

On May 25, a Moscow court fined Yashin 90,000 rubles ($1,799) for “discrediting” Russian military actions abroad.

Last year, Yashin resigned as chairman of the council of deputies of the Krasnoselsky municipal district in central Moscow, which he had headed since 2017.

He attributed his resignation to state pressure over his support for imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Yashin Yelena Kotenochkina’s colleagues, who had fled Russia, and Alexei Gorinov were accused of spreading “fake news” for calling the special operation a “war” at a council session in March.

The criminal offence, committed just days after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, carries prison sentences of up to 15 years.