A Russian court sentenced a man to prison for writing "No to war" in Moscow's Gorky Park.

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A Russian court has sentenced a man to 10 days in prison for writing "No to war" on a snow-covered automatic barrier at the entrance to an ice rink in Moscow's Gorky Park.

The case dates back to November 23. The man named Dmitry Fedorov was sentenced the next day.

According to Russian police, his actions are considered a civil offense under a law that punishes public discrediting of the country's armed forces.

New laws to crack down on dissidents were enacted in Russia shortly after the February 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine. According to critics, almost 20.000 people have been detained under this legislation.

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