Russian man whose daughter drew ‘Glory to Ukraine’ picture gets 2 years jail but flees

A Russian man whose daughter drew an anti-war picture at school was sentenced to two years in jail on Tuesday on charges of discrediting the armed forces. However, the convicted man has fled and his whereabouts were unclear, Reuters reported.

The drawing featured a Ukrainian flag with the words “Glory to Ukraine” and a Russian tricolour with the slogan “No to war”.

The convicted man has been identified as Alexei Moskalyov. The court said in an official posting on VKontakte, similar to Facebook, that he had fled from house arrest.

Moskalyov was placed under house arrest at the start of this month and thus separated from his 13-year-old daughter Masha. She was moved to a children’s home in their hometown of Yefremov, south of Moscow.

The case has provoked an outcry among Russian human rights activists and sparked an online campaign to reunite father and daughter, news agency Reuters reported.

Moskalyov’s lawyer Vladimir Biliyenko told Reuters that he had not seen his client since Monday and was unaware if Moskalyov had fled.

“At the moment, to be honest, I’m in a state of shock,” he told Reuters.

He added that the defence would appeal against the verdict and Masha would remain in the children’s home for the time being.

Moskalyov was convicted over comments he himself had posted online about the war in Ukraine. But the investigation started after Masha, then 12, drew a picture last April showing Russian missiles raining down on a Ukrainian mother and child, prompting the head of her school to call the police.

Police began examining Moskalyov’s social media activity and he was initially fined 35,000 roubles ($460) for comments critical of the Russian army. In December, investigators opened another case against him on suspicion of discrediting the armed forces, this time based on a social media post in June.

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