A court in Chuvashia fined Eduard Mochalov, the editor of the local Vzyatka (‘bribe’) Media Outlet about corruption, 30 thousand rubles. He recorded a video message where he urged Russians not to participate in the military operations in Ukraine. The Idel.Realitii Media Outlet reported this on October 31.
Eduard Mochalov was imposed a fine of 30 thousand rubles under the article on discrediting the military (20.3.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation). The reason was a video message from the Vzyatka Newspaper’s editor-in-chief, who urged Russians not to participate in the hostilities. Mochalov posted the video after he received a military subpoena on September 24.
"Do I really have to go to the Ukrainian land and die there? That's a mug's game," the journalist said.
According to the Setevye Svobody (‘network freedoms’) Project, the police initiated more than 4.5 thousand cases of administrative offense under the article on discrediting the army (20.3.3 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation) to October 19, 2022. For example, teacher Alexei Mashkin from the city of Shakhunya, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, received a fine of 30 thousand rubles for a post on vk.com with a hashtag against the military actions in Ukraine.
The daughter of a serviceman from Pskov was fined for discrediting the army for the second time. Anastasia Grigorieva has to pay 35 thousand rubles for participation in the report Russian Sisters See Father Scarred by Ukraine Fight from the French news agency France Press. In it, the young woman said that she felt very guilty towards Ukrainian people for what was happening.