On March 7, 2023 a court in Moscow sentenced Dmitry Ivanov to 8.5 years imprisonment in a penal colony. Dmitry Ivanov is a prominent Russian blogger and a pro-democracy activist who since 2018 maintained a Telegram channel “Protest MSU.” Ivanov has been in detention since April 2022. At the time of his arrest Ivanov was an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics at the Moscow State University.
Ivanov was convicted under infamous article 207.3 of the Russian criminal code, ostensibly for spreading “false” information about the Russian military. Specifically he was charged with making and reposting social media posts criticizing Russian’s war in Ukraine, including the war crimes committed by the Russian military in Bucha and Irpin.
The Azat Miftakhov Committee strongly condemns the manifestly unjust verdict against Dmitry Ivanov. Like Azat Miftakhov, Dmitry Ivanov was prosecuted in a sham political trial, for speaking up against the brutality and oppression of Putin’s regime. We call for Dmitry Ivanov’s immediate release.