At the Vasileostrovskiy Court of St. Petersburg, a meeting was held at the request of the deputy of the Legislative Assembly Boris Vishnevsky to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

The meeting was held at the suit of Vishnevsky because of a request to the Prosecutor General’s Office, in which he asked to explain the principle of the law on “discrediting the army.”

What happened at the meeting. During the meeting, Alexander Morozov, a representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office, asked that an additional response from the department to Vishnevsky be attached to the case file, which was sent by the Russian Post. The deputy stated that he had not received any letters.

In the document, the Prosecutor General’s Office answered one of Vishnevsky’s questions: the demonstration of the Ukrainian flag is not an offense. However, the department did not give an answer as to whether the “special military operation” could be called a war.

The court later added an addendum to the claim. Vishnevsky’s lawyer did not agree with this decision. According to him, the representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office did not specify what exactly the document proves. In addition, in it the department did not answer all the questions of the deputy of the Legislative Assembly.

Alexander Morozov said that, despite the delay in responding, the document contains “sufficient information.” When asked by the judge what prevented the department from sending the letter on time, the representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office replied: “I’m not ready to explain.” However, he later added that the department delayed the response due to the large volume of requests from citizens.

In addition, Morozov was unable to provide evidence that the Prosecutor General’s Office sent the document to Vishnevsky by mail. The court adjourned the hearing to December 22.

What Vishnevsky said. The deputy told the court that he sent the appeal when the practice of bringing citizens to administrative responsibility for statements about a “special military operation” had already developed in Russia.

The law enforcement agencies also accused the Russians of “discrediting the army” for demonstrating the flag of Ukraine and blue and yellow colors.

What you need to know. Earlier, Boris Vishnevsky appealed to the Prosecutor General’s Office and asked to explain how the law on “discrediting the army” works. In August he received a response from the head of the department, Igor Krasnov, but he ignored some of the deputy’s questions. Later, Vishnevsky filed a lawsuit to oblige the Prosecutor General’s Office to answer on the merits.

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