Rev. GLEB KRIVOSHEIN, Russian Orthodox Church (Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia)

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Rev. Gleb Krivoshein

Rev. Gleb Krivoshein, a priest of the Righteous Yaroslavl Wonderworkers parish in Kazan, signed the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church’s anti-war appeal in March 2022. Apart of him, the appeal was signed by other 292 other clerics; Krivoshein’s signature was number 51.

One of the employees of the FSB in Tatarstan considered this an offence. In September 2022, the Vakhitovsky district court of Kazan found Rev. Krivoshein guilty of “discrediting” the army (part 1 of art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation) and imposed a 15,000 Russian rubles fine – below the threshold (the minimum penalty under this article is 30,000 Russian rubles) — taking into account that Rev. Krivosheev has two young children as his dependents. The court judgement became known only in December when the Idel.Realii found the corresponding decision in the court’s filing.

The published court decision states that Krivoshein “signed a public petition ‘On the cessation of the fratricidal war on the territory of Ukraine’ which was posted on the internet; in that way, he carried out public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the Russian Federation Armed Forces for protection of the interests of the Russian Federation and its citizens, maintaining international peace and security, which was expressed in a public call to prevent the use of the RF Armed Forces for those purposes.»