Dmitry Silin, the creator of the Orwell library in Ivanovo, was prosecuted for discrediting the army. The reason was a comment to a post about the opening of memorial plaques to the military killed in Ukraine.
According to ASTRA, a case was opened against him under Part 1 of Article 280.3 (“discrediting” the army of the Russian Federation). The man wrote in an appeal to the school principal that if he refused to hang the plaques, he could lose his position, but his “conscience would be clear. He regularly shared his opinion under the posts in the Telegram channel “Ivanovo News Bars”.
Previously, Silin had been charged with discrediting the military after handing out the anti-utopias “1984”. In the spring of 2022, he and attorney Anastasia Rudenko gave away more than 600 books for free to passersby. They later opened an independent Orwell library. Silin left Russia.