Law enforcement authorities detained at the Samara airport the leader of the so-called movement “Council of Mothers and Wives”, an activist known for self-PR in a special operation, Olga Tsukanova. According to Izvestia, the woman was detained on January 22.
After her arrest, Tsukanova called on her supporters to an unsanctioned rally near the building of police department No. 2 of the Samara Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, where she was taken. The activist’s support group gathered outside the building and tried to organize brawls with law enforcement officers. Women knocked on the windows, shouted various demands and tried to enter the building.
According to Tsukanova, the detention was related to Article 13.15.1 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses (Abuse of freedom of the mass media). Soon the activist from the department was released.
It is known that the first mention of the “Council of Mothers and Wives” appeared on the Web last fall, when partial mobilization was announced in Russia. The activities of the organization headed by Tsukanova were, first of all, associated with criticism of the conduct of the mobilization and self-promotion of the “Council”.
Later it turned out that the members of the organization are in fact neither wives nor mothers of any of the members of the SVO. As stated, they also did not provide any support to the military, but in the past they were members of the extremist Volya party (recognized as extremist in Russia).
In addition, it was possible to find out the connection between Tsukanova and activist Svetlana Peunova, better known as Lada Rus, who is on the federal wanted list for fraud.
Earlier, on December 23, 2022, the executive secretary of the Union of Committees of Soldiers’ Mothers (this material concerns the activities of the foreign agent Union of Committees of Soldiers’ Mothers) Valentina Melnikova stated that the goals of the Council of Mothers and Wives are exclusively political. Melnikova noted that the videos filmed by the participants of the movement and published on the Internet raise questions. The union does not take real rational actions. For example, according to the expert, activists could apply directly to the governors of the regions for help.
Prior to that, on December 22, Andrei Kurochkin, deputy chairman of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, in an interview with Izvestia, noted that the leaders of the “Council of Mothers and Wives” regularly “sling mud” at real human rights activists.