The North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov sentenced an anarchist Yevgeny Karakashev to 6 years in a penal colony and two-year internet ban. Karakashev was accused of making “calls for terrorism” on VKontakte social network site.
Yevgeny Karakashev was arrested in Fabruary 2018 at his house in the city of Evpatoria, when a group wearing civilian clothes broke in, and, without introducing themselves, laid him on the floor, twisted his arms and put handcuffs behind his back. The next day, he was charged with committing crimes under Part 1 of Art. 282 of the Russian Criminal Code (incitement to hatred and hostility) and Part 2 of Art. 205.2 of the Criminal Code (public calls for terrorism).
According to the prosecution, Karakashev posted a video allegedly calling for terrorism on his profile at VKontakte back in 2014 , and, in January 2017, he posted a text from another account which contained “propaganda of the ideology of violence” and “calls for terrorist activity”. It was not specified what the posts contained.
According to the defence lawyer, Yevgeny believes that the initiation of a criminal case against him was related to his activist work: he is a long-standing anarchist and antifascist who, prior to his arrest, was involved in a campaign against the construction of a tourist resort near his hometown. Karakashev will appeal his sentence.
Moscow ABC is collecting money for the appeal legal costs and supporting Yevgeny while he’s in prison. You can transfer money on paypal to abc-msk(at)riseup.net with reference “for Yevgeny Karakashev”.