The man sentenced to prison for his daughter's anti-war drawing has escaped from the Russian authorities
A Russian man who was sentenced to two years in prison for defaming the Russian military after his 13-year-old daughter drew an anti-war cartoon depicting Russia's bombing of Ukraine is reportedly unavailable to law enforcement in Russia, the Independent reported. Russian media "Medusa", referring to the court.
He was under house arrest, but according to the court, he escaped last night, before the verdict sentencing him to prison was announced today.
"The verdict was announced today, but the defendant was not present, because he escaped from house arrest last night," court spokeswoman Olga Diachuk told reporters.
Moskalyov's lawyer, Vladimir Bilibenko, said that he himself learned about his client's escape from the press secretary of the court, along with the rest of the attendees.
A representative of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Tula region told Russian media that Moskalyov left his apartment at 4:41 a.m. on March 28, which was "recorded by means of surveillance and control."
"At 8:00 a.m., the officer determined that Moskaljev was absent from the place of execution of house arrest... Measures are being taken to determine the location of the accused," said a representative of the Federal Correctional Service.
The 53-year-old Russian drew the attention of law enforcement agencies after his daughter Masha, who he cares for, drew an anti-war cartoon in an art class at school last April. FSB officers spoke to the girl, and her father was charged with "discrediting the Russian army" because of his comment, in which he called Russian soldiers "rapists." At the end of the year, criminal charges were brought against him for repeatedly "discrediting the army".
At the beginning of March, Moskalev was arrested, after which he was placed under house arrest. The girl was taken to a home for orphans, and the committee for juvenile affairs submitted a request to the father to deprive him of the custody of his daughter Masha.
The girl from Russia who drew an anti-war cartoon was taken to an orphanage