Kremlin critic charged over criticizing fighting in Ukraine

This photo taken from video provided by Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel, Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist and a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district, centre left, signs a document next to his apartment in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was seen at a search at his apartment on Tuesday evening. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel via AP)

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This photo taken from video provided by Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel, Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist and a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district, centre left, signs a document next to his apartment in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was seen at a search at his apartment on Tuesday evening. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel via AP)

Russian prosecutors have brought criminal charges against another opposition figure who has criticized Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine

Russian prosecutors on Tuesday brought criminal charges against another opposition figure who has criticized Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, his lawyer said.

Ilya Yashin was due to be released after spending 15 days in jail on charges of failing to obey police. Instead, Yashin was charged under a new law making it a crime to spread false information about the military, said his lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov. It carries a potential sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Prosecutors searched Yashin's Moscow apartment on Tuesday evening, and video taken at the scene shows that Yashin was present during the search.

Russia has cracked down on those who criticize what it calls the “special military operation” in Ukraine. Vladimir Kara-Muza, a well-known opposition figure, was arrested in April and charged under the same law.

Yashin, a member of a Moscow municipal council, was detained in late June in a city park, and police said he grabbed one officer by the uniform and insulted them. Yashin said the police approached him while he was sitting on a bench with a friend and demanded he go with them without explanation.

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This photo taken from video provided by Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel, Russian opposition activist and a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district, left, is led by police at a hall of his apartment's building in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was seen at a search at his apartment on Tuesday evening. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel via AP)

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This photo taken from video provided by Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel, Russian opposition activist and a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district, left, is led by police at a hall of his apartment's building in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was seen at a search at his apartment on Tuesday evening. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel via AP)

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This photo taken from video provided by Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel, Russian opposition activist and a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district, left, is led by police at a hall of his apartment's building in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was seen at a search at his apartment on Tuesday evening. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel via AP)

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FILE - Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist and a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, center, listens to the court's decision in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was spotted at search at his apartment in Moscow on Tuesday evening, July 12, 2022. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

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FILE - Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist and a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, center, listens to the court's decision in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was spotted at search at his apartment in Moscow on Tuesday evening, July 12, 2022. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

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FILE - Ilya Yashin, Russian opposition activist and a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, center, listens to the court's decision in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was spotted at search at his apartment in Moscow on Tuesday evening, July 12, 2022. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

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This photo taken from video provided by Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel, Ilya Yashin, Police block the hall of an apartment of Russian opposition activist Ilya Yashin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was seen at a search at his apartment on Tuesday evening. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel via AP)

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This photo taken from video provided by Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel, Ilya Yashin, Police block the hall of an apartment of Russian opposition activist Ilya Yashin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was seen at a search at his apartment on Tuesday evening. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel via AP)

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This photo taken from video provided by Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel, Ilya Yashin, Police block the hall of an apartment of Russian opposition activist Ilya Yashin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was seen at a search at his apartment on Tuesday evening. According to Yashin's lawyer, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him of spreading deliberately false information about the Russian Army. (Ostorozhno_novosti Telegram channel via AP)

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