Russian singer detained for 'rehabilitating nazism' and 'insulting believers' feelings

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.03 - 2023 1:16 PM CET

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Samara's Kirovsky District Court has ordered the pre-trial detention of singer Eduard Sharlot until January 24, 2024, on charges of "rehabilitating Nazism" and "insulting believers' feelings," as reported by 63.ru.

During the court proceedings, the investigator mentioned that Sharlot had admitted guilt for the accused crimes and expressed remorse, according to RIA Novosti.

It was reported that in court, Sharlot recited a poem he had written while under administrative arrest in St. Petersburg. The poem included the line, "Russia, I was rude to you right from the start — I apologize to the Russian people."

Sharlot faces two counts of "rehabilitating Nazism" and one count of "violating the right to freedom of conscience and religion." The case stems from videos posted on Sharlot's Instagram account, including one in which he burned his Russian ID to protest against the war and another in which he nailed his military ID and a photo of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill to a crucifix.

The defense intends to appeal the court's decision.

Eduard Sharlot was arrested by the police at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg upon his arrival from Yerevan, Armenia, on November 22. In a video recorded at the police station after his arrest, Sharlot apologized for burning his Russian ID and pledged not to repeat such actions.

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