A criminal case on military “fakes” (clause “e” of part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code) against the founder of the Free Buryatia Foundation, Alexandra Garmazhapova, was initiated because of an interview in which she spoke about refuseniks forcibly kept in the occupied territories. She herself announced this on the air of the Dozhd TV channel.
Last July, Garmazhapova told the Ukrainian project Groshi about 17 servicemen who were “locked up in the commandant's office” on the territory of the self-proclaimed LPR after refusing to fight.
“They are not released, and they are very afraid that they will be sent to the front line without equipment, without anything, in order to be shot quietly there,” she said.
Garmazhapova also clarified to Dozhd that the investigation considered her remark in that interview about the Buryats who were sent to war “as an insignificant people” to be “negative information”.
The founder of the Free Buryatia Foundation has been on the federal wanted list since February. In mid-August, her case was submitted to the Sovetsky District Court of Ulan-Ude. The process takes place in absentia, Garmazhapova herself lives abroad.