Russian father sentenced to $775 in jail for listening to Ukrainian music in his car

A court in Russia has reportedly sentenced a man to jail after listening to Ukrainian music in his car.

Traffic police arrested Anton Usov on Wednesday afternoon for listening to Ukrainian music in Moscow, Ukrainian online newspaper Pravda reported, citing OVD-Info, a non-profit organization that tracks Russian human rights abuses.

Usov, a resident of the Russian capital, was taken to the Kitay-Gorod Police Department, where two charges were filed against him.

He has since been found guilty of discrediting the Russian Armed Forces, in violation of Article 20.3.3 of the Russian Criminal Code.

Usov was also found guilty of violating Article 19.3 of the Criminal Code or disobeying the police.

The Tver District Court in Moscow sentenced Usov to 15 days in prison and a fine of 50,000 rubles ($775).

He was taken to Mnevniki Detention Center to serve his time.

Usov has four minors who are completely dependent on him, reported independent Russian news agency The Insider.

The single father’s detention came almost a month after several people in the Ukrainian-held Crimea were fined for playing a Ukrainian song at a wedding party.

Six people were either fined 50,000 rubles or sentenced to between five and 15 days in prison on September 14 for using “a rallying cry for Ukrainian nationalists,” Bakhchisaray District Court said in a statement.

The six were reportedly attending a wedding celebration at Arpat restaurant in Bakhchysaray on September 10, which included the Ukrainian patriotic march “Oh, the red viburnum in the meadow.” being played at the event.

According to US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ukrainians and supporters of the fight against the Russian invasion of Ukraine frequently use the song.

Thousands in Russia have reportedly been arrested after the country decided in March to expand its laws criminalizing “fake news” or “misinformation”.

“These measures are another attempt by the Russian government to quell any form of remaining dissent in the country by imposing further censorship, stifling the free flow of information and hiding the true extent of the human cost and destruction caused by the invasion [of Ukraine]’ Amnesty International said in a statement.

Depiction. Ukrainian mathematician Konstantin Olmezov was arrested at a Moscow bus station after trying to leave Russia and return home.4711018/Pixabay

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