“The Smolninsky District Court of St. Petersburg accepted the request of the investigation to select a preventive measure in the form of detention in relation to the Russian and American citizen Yuri Malev, accused of committing a crime provided for in Part 4 of Article 354.1 ( rehabilitation of Nazism) of the Russian Criminal Code,” confirmed the press service of the city courts.
It is clarified that last year Malev twice posted an image of the St. George Ribbon on his account, accompanied by an offensive inscription.
The press service of the courts indicated that these actions were considered “an insult to the memory of the Great Patriotic War, as well as to the defenders of the Fatherland and their feelings, a humiliation of the honor and dignity of the veterans of the Second World War”.
The accused himself was arrested a day earlier and has already partially admitted his guilt.
Earlier, St. Petersburg police detained a 39-year-old journalist on suspicion of rehabilitating Nazism. As investigators discovered, in the social network community managed by the suspect he published comments with a text that exonerated Nazism, which denied and falsified historical facts established by the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg. In addition, according to investigators, the man posted comments with texts discrediting the liberation of Leningrad from the fascist blockade.