Mock Putin Gravestone Lands Two Russian Activists In Jail
NABEREZHNYE CHELNY, Russia — A Russian court has sentenced two activists for putting up a mock gravestone for President Vladimir Putin.
Karim Yamadayev was sentenced to 28 days in jail and Nikolai Peresedov, 32, was sentenced to six days in jail at hearings on March 12.
Yamadayev was arrested on March 10 after the activists installed what looked like a granite slab bearing Putin’s photo, full name, and the dates 1952-2019 in front of the main investigative agency’s offices in Naberezhnye Chelny, a city in the Republic of Tatarstan.
Putin was born in 1952.
The gravestone bore Putin’s photo, full name, and the dates 1952-2019. (file photo)
On March 12, Yamadayev was found guilty of a repeat violation of the law on public gatherings and sentenced to 28 days in jail, his lawyer Ruzil Mingalimov told RFE/RL, adding that the court’s ruling will be appealed. The alleged offense was a repeat because Yamadayev, 37, was jailed for eight days in January for an installation devoted to political prisoners and journalists killed for their activities in Russia.
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