ALEXANDER IVANOV, Russian Orthodox Church (Kaluga, Russia)

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Alexander Ivanov

A programmer and creator of the Christian online encyclopedia Drevo. On 25 February, a banner ‘No to war!’ appeared on the Drevo website; it was hyperlinked to the editors’ statement signed by Ivanov which criticized Russian aggression against Ukraine and the silence of the Russian Orthodox Church hierarchy. An unknown woman sent a denunciation the Moscow Center for Combating Extremism and Terrorism with a request to ‘take action’. The woman complained that “a provocative anti-patriotic slogan was placed in the header of the website”; after clicking on it “you get to an even more outrageous article”. She characterised the text of the statement as «deceitful, insulting towards the Church representatives«. The denunciation was sent to Kaluga, and Ivanov was summoned to give explanations. A protocol was drawn up against him under article 20.3.3 (discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation) of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation. The court fined Ivanov 45,000 Russian rubles.