Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was Friday sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for spreading “false information” after he criticized Russia’s army for the massacre of Ukrainian civilians.
In a YouTube video posted in April, Yashin denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and said the Russian military was responsible for the massacre of civilians in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv.
Yashin was tried for violating a recent law that prohibits Russians from criticizing or sharing false information about the country’s military.
He was initially fined 90,000 rubles ($1,400) in May for the comments made during a livestream, according to a July report in Russian state-affiliated news agency TASS. The prominent Kremlin critic was then arrested in July for spreading false information “based on political hatred,” TASS wrote.