The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case due to a tweet by a Novosibirsk deputy about the military

The reason for the criminal case was the statement of the Novosibirsk deputy Helga Pirogova about the Russian military killed in Ukraine. The case was initiated under the article on discrediting the Russian Armed Forces opened a criminal case because of a tweet of a Novosibirsk deputy about the military” />

Helga Pirogova

The Office of the Investigative Committee for the Novosibirsk Region opened a criminal case against the Novosibirsk deputy Helga Pirogova because of her statements about the Russian military killed in Ukraine. The case was opened under the article on discrediting the Russian Armed Forces (part 1 of article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), the agency said in a statement.

“It has been preliminarily established that on July 15, 2022, Helga Pirogova, a deputy of the Council of Deputies of the city of Novosibirsk, published in one of the social networks, under the guise of a reliable message, deliberately false information containing data on the use of the Russian Armed Forces,” — The report says.

Earlier, the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to initiate a case against Pirogova following the results of the audit. The investigation is under the control of the central office of the Investigative Committee, it was noted in the message of the department.

Helga Pirogova— Member of the City Council of Novosibirsk. The reason for the criminal case was her post on Twitter, where she commented on the funeral of the Russian military who died in Ukraine. She later deleted the post, calling it “too emotional”.

First Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Novosibirsk Region Andrey Panferov addressed an open letter to the regional governor Anatoly Lokt and the head of the Novosibirsk City Council Dmitry Asantsev, alleging “blasphemous behavior” ; Pirogova. He called her words “defaming the honor and defiling the memory of Russian soldiers.”

The press service of the city council of Novosibirsk told the newspaper MK that in connection with the statements of Pirogova, a meeting of the commission on ethics will be held on July 22. It will be held behind closed doors.

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On the evening of July 21, Pirogova was detained and taken to the police station, where a protocol was drawn up against her about the discrediting of the Russian army (part 1 of article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, punishment & mdash; a fine of 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles), the deputy's lawyer Yegor Solunin reported.

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