The Dzerzhinsky District Court of St. Petersburg on Thursday, June 10, ruled to arrest the blogger Yuri Khovansky, who was detained and accused of justifying terrorism for posting songs on the Web. This was reported in the united press service of the city courts.
“The court granted the request of the investigation, choosing arrest for Khovansky until August 8,” the report says.
During the meeting, the blogger himself asked to choose a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest or a ban on certain actions, the court’s press service said.
The arrest of Khovansky became known the day before. The case against the blogger was initiated because of the scandalous song “Nord-Ost” about the terrorist attack on Dubrovka with the seizure of hostages in October 2002. The video was published on the Internet about a year ago, it was filmed about 10 years ago. According to the press service of the courts, investigators believe that Khovansky, no later than July 2020, during an online broadcast, sang a song calling for terrorism and justifying such actions.
The Investigative Committee clarified that experts found in Khovansky’s song “signs of public calls for terrorist activity, public justification of terrorism and its propaganda, signs of threats and humiliation on the basis of nationality, as well as“ calls and justifications for the need to carry out aggressive, violent, cruel actions (terrorist acts) “.
A criminal case was initiated against Khovansky under the article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on public calls for terrorist activities, public justification of terrorism or propaganda of terrorism.
Khovansky maintains a video blog on the YouTube platform, the number of subscribers to his channel has now reached 4.4 million.