Russian authorities arrest woman for swapping price tags with anti-war slogans

A woman is shopping in a grocery store in Moscow. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images

Russian authorities are cracking down on a network of feminist anti-war activists, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, accusing a woman of “discrediting the Russian armed forces”.

Artist and musician Aleksandra Skochilenko was arrested on Monday after going to grocery stores in the St Petersburg area and replacing price tags with anti-war messages, Amnesty International said. Prosecutors allege Skochilenko committed an act of “political hostility” that “spread false information” about the Russian military, and she was charged with “discrediting the Russian armed forces”.

Skochilenko will remain in custody until his trial on June 1 and faces up to 10 years in prison, Amnesty International said. His attorney said Skochilenko was reported to police by another client. The idea of ​​replacing supermarket price tags with anti-war messages was promoted by the Feminist Anti-War Resistance (FAS) group, which was founded the day after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. slogans and articles printed and distributed by independent media.

FAS claims that at least 100 activists have been detained, arrested, searched or threatened by security forces. Amnesty International’s director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Marie Struthers, said in a statement that the Russian authorities “continue to wage war on the human rights of the Russian people. All activists detained for peacefully participating in anti-war dissent must be immediately and The crackdown on this feminist-led anti-war movement represents another desperate attempt to silence critics of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

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