Russia opens criminal case over note left at Putin’s parents’ grave


Authorities in St. Petersburg have filed criminal charges against a pensioner who allegedly placed a handwritten note wishing the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin at his parents’ grave.

Irina Tsybaneva, 60, was arrested at her home in St. Petersburg on Monday for “desecrating the bodies of the dead and their burial places”.

“Tsybaneva… committed cynical and immoral acts contrary to accepted norms in society,” the official said. statement published Tuesday by the press service of the justice of Saint-Petersburg.

“Namely, she left a note with an insulting inscription addressed to the President of the Russian Federation, thereby desecrating a burial place,” the statement added.

It is unclear exactly what was written in the note Tsybaneva allegedly left at the grave of Maria Putin and Vladimir Putin senior on the eve of their son’s 70th birthday.

The FAR’s act of protest likely prompted authorities to assign security personnel to the site who were likely present when Tsybaneva placed her note, Tsybanev’s son told regional media Sever.Realii.

“What’s in the note is not known for sure. But she said she wished him dead,” independent media outlet Mediazona said. cited Tsybaneva’s son, Maxim Tsybanev, said.

Tsybaneva will remain in custody until Friday, when her case is expected to be heard. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

Last month, members of the Russian group Feminist Anti-War Resistance (FAR) also put a note on the grave of Putin’s parents at the Serafimovskoe cemetery in St. Petersburg.

” Dear Parents ! Your son’s behavior is horrible! [He’s] skipping history class, fighting with classmates and threatening to blow up the whole school! Take action!” read the note, a photo of which quickly went viral.


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