Critic of Russian invasion arrested over social media post in Putin’s latest crackdown

Russian opposition politician Yevgeny Roizman, the favored former mayor Yekaterinburg, was arrested on Thursday over a social media put up from 2021 which he denies authoring, his legal professional mentioned.The top of a charitable basis, and one of many final remaining Russian opposition figures to not be detained or to have fled the nation, Roizman, 60, “was taken to the police station,” Vladislav Idamjapov advised the state-run TASS and Ria Novosti information companies.The authorities are anticipated to determine whether or not or not he will likely be positioned in administrative detention. In line with native retailers, Roizman was arrested on suspicions of getting shared a publication of Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Basis on VKontakte, Russia’s model of Fb, in Could 2022. Navalny’s basis has been designated an “extremist” group by the authorities, who dissolved it in 2021.His lawyer rejected the accusation, saying that Roizman by no means had a private account on VK and had no connections to the group the doc was shared with.A weakened Russian opposition is now crushedRoizman was beforehand arrested in August, earlier than being launched on parole, pending trial after being accused of “discrediting the military” by criticising Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.Previous to that, he had already been fined 3 times for his vocal criticism of the aggression towards Ukraine.Decimated by earlier waves of repression, the Russian opposition has been rendered non-existent since February 2022. The few remaining notable critics of President Vladimir Putin are believed to have emigrated or already imprisoned.Just lately, the chief of the Solidarnost opposition motion Ilya Yashin was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail for condemning the conflict. One other key opposition determine, Vladimir Kara-Murza, is being tried on comparable prices.