Andrey Borovikov heads the local office of Aleksey Navalny in Arkhangelsk. Photo: Andrey Borovikov at VK

Navalny's man in Arkhangelsk faces 6 years in jail for sharing of Rammstein music video

Activist and local Navalny office leader Andrey Borovikov in 2014 posted a music video of the German metal group on his social media account. Now, he is charged for having shared "pornographic materials."
October 20, 2020

It was a carefully staged plot by police in Arkhangelsk that led to a house search in September and subsequent charges against Andrey Borovikov.

Andrey Borovikov is charged for having shared a music video Rammstein’s song “Pussy” on social media in 2014. Photo: Andrey Borovikov at VK

Several months earlier had police informer Aleksandr Durynin infiltrated the local opposition office. In fall 2019 he discovered that Borovikov in 2014 had shared a music video of Rammstein’s song “Pussy” on his VK account.

Later that same fall, he was equipped with a voice recorder from the local police’s anti-extremism department, with which he taped a conversation with Borovikov.

According to Novaya Gazeta, Borovikov in the conversation said that he was not aware of the six year old social media post and he subsequently deleted it.

That, however, was not sufficient to save him from the encroachment of the eager law enforcement officials. The activist is now charged with violation of Article 242 in the Russian criminal code (distribution, public display or announcement of pornographic materials with use of mass media).

Waiting to stand trial, he is now subjected to a travel ban, according to Novaya Gazeta.

It is not the first time that Andrey Borovikov is victim to police crackdown.

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From before, he is convicted for organizing and conducting a major protest rally against the planned waste disposal project in Shies.

Police has also previously made house searches at his home in Arkhangelsk.

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