The Rostov Regional Court sentenced opera singer Vadim Cheldiev to 10 years in prison in a strict regime colony. This was reported by “Interfax” with reference to its correspondent. The state prosecution asked for 11 years in prison. Cheldiev himself did not admit his guilt.
According to the investigation, in 2020, Cheldiev published a video on his Telegram channel in which he called for rallies against coronavirus restrictions in Vladikavkaz.
Unauthorized rally was held in Vladikavkaz on Freedom Square on April 20, 2020. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, up to 2.5 thousand people came to it, all of them opposed the coronavirus restrictions, as well as against the detention of Cheldiev. When the police began to push the protesters out of the square, they were stoned.
So, from the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Cheldiev denied the existence of this disease and accused the authorities of wanting to “establish total control”.
The investigation also stated that during transportation from St. Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don, Vadim Cheldiev hit a police officer several times in the face.