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St. Petersburg documentarian Vsevolod Korolev was sentenced to 3 years in prison due to posts about the war in Ukraine

The Vyborg District Court of St. Petersburg sentenced 36-year-old documentarian Vsevolod Korolev to 3 years in a general regime colony in the case of disseminating “fakes” about the Russian army (clause “e” of Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code). This was reported by the press service of the city courts.

The state prosecution requested nine years in prison for the documentary filmmaker. “Korolev’s statements against the defenders of his fatherland are criminal, he must be punished,” the prosecutor argued during the debate.

The case against Korolev became known on July 13, 2022. On this day, the director was searched, after which he was taken to the Vyborg department of the Investigative Committee for St. Petersburg. Then the documentarian was sent to a pre-trial detention center.

The reason for the criminal case was publications on VKontakte, with the help of which, according to investigators, Korolev disseminated “false information about the actions of Russian military personnel in Ukraine.” We are talking about posts about events in Bucha, Borodyanka and Donetsk.

Shortly before the arrest, the documentarian made films about journalist Maria Ponomarenko and artist Alexandra Skochilenko, convicted in cases of military “fakes.” Novaya Gazeta Europe writes that the prosecution asked the court to consider this an “aggravating circumstance.”

According to the prosecutor’s office, Korolev “called Russia the aggressor during a special military operation.” In addition, according to the department, the director was a “participant in radical movements” and repeatedly attended “unauthorized rallies.”

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