Russian-Ukrainian crisis: Politician detained for criticizing Kyiv operation – News

He was one of the few Kremlin critics to win mayoral positions

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By Reuters

Published: Wed 24 Aug 2022, 07:40

Russian authorities have arrested politician Yevgeny Roizman, known for his criticism of the Kremlin and, more recently, the military campaign in Ukraine, Russian news agency TASS reported on Wednesday.

Roizman, a former mayor of the city of Yekaterinburg, is under investigation for “discrediting the Russian military”, TASS reported, citing Yekaterinburg’s security service.

He was one of the few Kremlin critics to win mayoral posts, following a series of large opposition protests, as President Vladimir Putin campaigned in 2012.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation”, aimed at ensuring its own security, and authorities have so far prosecuted a number of activists for calling it a war or criticizing the action of Russia.

Ukrainian forces mounted fierce resistance and the West imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia, with the aim of forcing it to withdraw its forces.


Christi C. Elwood