The court terminated the criminal case against blogger Yuri Khovansky* due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. He was accused of justifying terrorism for a song about the terrorist attack on the musical “Nord-Ost”, which took place in 2002. The song was published on YouTube in 2020, and not by Khovansky himself, but by another blogger. Khovansky performed the song itself back in 2012 on the stream.
Khovansky was detained on June 9, 2021 in his own apartment in St. Petersburg. After that, the blogger was placed in a pre-trial detention center, where he remained until December of the same year (after the preventive measure was changed to a number of restrictions on freedom, for example, he was not allowed to use the Internet, give comments to the media and leave the house from 10 pm to 10 am).
The court terminated the criminal case, the criminal prosecution against Khovansky due to the expiration of the statute of limitations for criminal liability,
— stated in the official statement of the joint press service of the courts of St. Petersburg.
While still in the pre-trial detention center, Khovansky wrote an open letter in which he acknowledged that “there is no justification for his act from a moral point of view.” In the same place, he noted that the statute of limitations in his case had long expired, and the article itself on responsibility for justifying terrorism appeared in 2016. The Khovansky case caused a wide public outcry, and some well-known people spoke out in his defense, including Ksenia Sobchak.
terrorism or extremism