U.S.-Russian Citizen Sentenced to Prison in Russia for "Rehabilitating Nazism

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Man Sentenced to Prison in Russia for "Rehabilitating Nazism"

A man with dual U.S.-Russian nationality, Yuri Malev, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a court in Russia on Wednesday. He was charged with "rehabilitating Nazism" for social media posts deemed disrespectful to the Saint George's ribbon, a symbol of Russian military valor.

Malev's posts included obscene language and a picture of a corpse wearing the ribbon with a caption mocking its proper wear. The court in St Petersburg found these actions disrespectful to society and insulting to the memory of the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is referred to in Russia.

Malev admitted guilt, according to the court. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has not yet commented on his conviction.

Malev, a graduate of the law faculty of St Petersburg University, has resided in the United States since 1991. He entered Russia by bus from Estonia two weeks before his arrest.

This incident highlights the ongoing crackdown on dissent and unpatriotic behavior in Russia, particularly since the invasion of Ukraine. Several Americans and dual citizens are currently imprisoned in Russia, including Paul Whelan, Evan Gershkovich, and Alsu Kurmasheva.

The Ukraine war has drawn comparisons to World War II by both Russia and Ukraine. While Russia views the conflict as a fight against Nazism, Ukraine rejects these claims, emphasizing President Zelenskyy's Jewish heritage and the devastation inflicted upon Ukraine by Nazi forces during World War II.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09