Russian fined for discussing fine for sharing Zelensky Dream
A Russian court in the Siberian town of Chita has fined a local man for speaking to the press about the fine he previously received for sharing a dream he had about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, media Independent Mediazona reported Tuesday.
Ivan Losev was fined 70,000 rubles ($986) for ‘discrediting’ the Russian armed forces after giving a interview on the BBC’s Russian Service in December and commenting in a video to Russian exile news channel Dozhd about his first run-in with the law.
Losev spoke to both outlets about the 30,000 ruble ($423) fine he received in December for an Instagram post in which he recounted a dream he had about Zelensky, according RFE/RL Affiliate Sibir. Realii.
“I dreamed today that I was drafted and taken to a training camp, then the Ukrainian armed forces led by Zelensky broke in,” Losev said. writing on Instagram in December, adding that he then encouraged Zelensky in the dream, shouting the popular Ukrainian slogan “Glory to the heroes”.
Last week, her mother Nelli Loseva was also a fine for ‘discrediting’ the Russian military after liking a post condemning the invasion on social media.
Russian authorities have opened nearly 5,600 administrative files ‘discrediting’ Russian military actions since Moscow invaded Ukraine nearly a year ago, according to the police control group OVD-Info.
Russia passed a law in March that makes it a criminal offense to share information about the war in Ukraine that differs from the Kremlin’s account.