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Ex-mayor detained on suspicion of defaming the Russian army

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News Politics: As part of a campaign to silence opponents of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine, the former mayor of the fourth-largest city in Russia was detained on Wednesday on allegations of undermining the nation’s armed forces. Police searched Yevgeny Roizman’s home and office before detaining the 59-year-old former mayor of Yekaterinburg from 2013 to 2018. After Russia launched soldiers into Ukraine on February 24, a new statute was enacted, according to Roizman, under which he was prosecuted. If found guilty, he may spend up to five years in prison. Russian courts penalised Roizman three times earlier this year on similar counts, opening the stage for a criminal proceeding the law authorises for repeat offences. Roizman, a scathing opponent of the Kremlin, is one of the opposition leaders in Russia who is most well-known and charismatic. During

While police escorted him from his apartment, Roizman told reporters that he would likely be brought to Moscow for investigation. Later in the day, his lawyer said that the politician was officially detained for 48 hours.

“We used to be and continue to be political opponents. The law is the law. But, like any person, he deserves fairness and respect, and I hope he gets them,” Gov. Yevgeny Kuyvashev said in a video statement posted on Telegram.

Roizman said that the criminal charges against him were triggered by him calling the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine an “invasion.” The Kremlin describes it as a “special military operation

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