Food blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya indicted for criticizing Russian troops

Of Monica Ricci Sargentini

Belotserkovskaya the first person prosecuted under the new law on fake news discrediting the armed forces of Moscow. She faces 15 years in prison but already abroad

a culinary blogger the first person to be indicted under the new law on fake news aimed at discrediting the Russian military. Veronika Belotserkovskaya, editor of the magazine and present on Instagram under the pseudonym Belonika, accused of having spread knowingly false information about the actions of the Russian armed forces.

Blond, flashy, 51, on her Instagram page, where it has more than 900,000 followers, she says she was born in Odessa but according to other sources from St. Petersburg. Married until 2017 to the Russian oligarch and banker Boris Belotserkovsky, now the entrepreneur faces a fine of 3 million rubles up to fifteen years in prison.

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In the sights of Russian investigators the publications on the social network of March 2022. They contained deliberately false information about the armed forces of the Russian Federation during the special operation in Ukraine, the Russian Investigative Committee explained. In this way the woman discredited the state authorities and the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

I sit and listen to the Ukrainian girls (10 years old) arguing. A classmate who died with her parents, one of her says “I was lucky, I only lost an arm” we read on her page that has in her profile photo the symbol of a dove between two hands with the colors of the Ukrainian and Russian flags.

Scrolling through the post photos of lobsters, horses and tasty dishes alternate with images of abandoned babies and comments on the war: How can you take the brains of an entire nation hostage in such a short time? Mothers don’t give them your children. They will devour them and will not even spit the bones in gratitude writes Veronika. For Russian justice these words were spread blatantly false news about the use of the Russian armed forces in the destruction of cities and the civilian population of Ukraine, including children, in the course of carrying out the special military operation on the territory of that State.

Accused of being a dangerous terrorist Belotserkovskaya, who currently in France, responded on Instagram with irony: it has been officially declared that I am a decent person.

Vladimir Putin, last Wednesday, appeared on television to denounce the fifth column of traitorous Russians who want to create an insurrection. Citizens will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors. They’ll just spit them out like a gnat that accidentally flew into their mouths, he explained. I am convinced that such a natural and necessary self-purification of society will only strengthen our country. According to official polls, the Russians condemning the war are at least a quarter but they are probably many more.

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