War in Ukraine: the father of a Russian girl arrested in Belarus for making a pacifist drawing

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A Russian father separated from his daughter because of some drawings that the girl had made against the war in Ukraine, was arrested in BelarusThe authorities of that country said this Thursday.

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The man was wanted and captured after being sentenced to two years in prison in Russia.

Alexei Moskalyov “was arrested (…) at the request of the Russian police” and is currently detained in Belarus, Russian agencies reported from the Belarusian Interior Ministry.

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Moskalyov, Yefremov’s 54-year-old single father, about 300 km south of Moscow, he was placed under house arrest on March 1, after her 13-year-old daughter Maria drew a school drawing critical of the Russian war in Ukraine.

Moskalyov's lawyer shows the drawings the 13-year-old girl made at school.  Photo: AP

Moskalyov’s lawyer shows the drawings the 13-year-old girl made at school. Photo: AP

In the drawing, missiles were seen next to a Russian flag aimed at a woman and child next to a Ukrainian flag.

The principal notified the policewho noted the girl’s father’s comments against the Moscow operation on social media.

Moskalyov was arrested and his daughter, sent to a juvenile institution, a “rehab center” from which they do not allow him to have contact with the father.

Moskalyov was arrested and his daughter was sent to juvenile hall.  Photo: Reuters.

Moskalyov was arrested and his daughter was sent to juvenile hall. Photo: Reuters.

Shortly before the Russian justice sentenced him to two years in prison for having “discredited” the Russian army, the man escaped on Tuesday and was missing until this Thursday he was arrested in Belarus.

The exact circumstances of his disappearance have not been disclosed. According to a head of the court’s press service, he “he fled the night before,” according to a video released by Russian media.

In the trial, which lasted just one day and concluded on Monday, Moskalyov he had denied the allegations and insisted that it had nothing to do with the anti-war messages that appeared on his social networks.

This case aroused great indignation in Russia for several weeks and became a symbol of repression against those who oppose the military operation.

Alexei Moskalyov, in a photo during his house arrest.  Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP

Alexei Moskalyov, in a photo during his house arrest. Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP

His lawyer, Vladimir Bilyenko, said it was “difficult to predict” what would happen next with the minor. Moskalyov could lose custody in a separate trial scheduled for April 6.

The Russian human rights organization Memorial, banned by the authorities, considers Moskalyov a “political prisoner” and considers the case “an attempt to intimidate all opponents of the conflict”.

Severe denunciation of AI

Amnesty International (AI) denounced Tuesday in its annual report the increase of repression in Russia of dissidents who oppose the Russian military campaign in Ukraine and other human rights violations.

“In their relentless crackdown on dissent, the authorities have introduced harsh additional restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” the NGO said.

According to AI, Russian police “has disrupted peaceful anti-war protests and drafts, often using excessive force.” More than 19,400 people were arrested in these acts, including journalists covering the protests.

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