The main investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) opened a criminal case against the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, a freelance adviser to the interior Minister of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko on the article 205.2 of the criminal code “Public calls to terrorist activity or public justification of terrorism”. This was stated TFR spokesman Vladimir Markin.
The reason for initiation of proceedings was the publication of Gerashchenko on his page in one of social networks, where he publicly encouraged users to disclose known information about the Russian military involved in operations in Syria.
“In fact, Gerashchenko has supported and spread the idea of his interlocutor in the social network that thus “the terrorists and their brethren in Russia will be able to take revenge on the Russian soldiers by the canons of Shariah”, — said Markin. According to him, Gerashchenko “consciously challenged the countries that continuously struggle with the terrorist threat, such words for a politician in almost any state could mean the end of his political career”.
Earlier on Wednesday the head of the Duma Committee for security and combating corruption Irina Yarovaya told journalists that he had sent to the investigative Committee a request to initiate criminal proceedings against the crew. “In a situation when the whole world recognized the threat of terrorism as the main threat to peace and security, aiding terrorists, and the incitement of terrorist activity are not only a national but an international crime”, — said Yarovaya (quoted by RIA Novosti).
Also on Wednesday, the appeals Gerashchenko to publish information about Russian military personnel in Syria, said the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. Calling himself “the first pilot of the Russian aircraft”, which is “now at the helm in the sky of Syria,” Kadyrov threatened Gerashchenko response to threats against Russian pilots. “And the answer will be sensitive. There is power and money. I am convinced that the statements Gerashchenko drew attention and the sons of those who were shot or burnt by the terrorists in Syria,” — said Kadyrov. He added that he has no doubt that the adviser to the interior Minister of Ukraine “in some form” is associated with the IG.
The defense Ministry on Wednesday morning suggested to award Gerashchenko “the order of Judas.” As stated by the official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov, “has finally established by Peter I five-kilogram order of Judah shall find its master.”
Before Gerashchenko had offered to publish information about Russian soldiers taking part in airstrikes in Syria, on the website of the centre for research on signs of the crimes against national security of Ukraine “Peacemaker”. After that, the page Gerashchenko in Facebook for some time was inaccessible to users. Now on the page you can go, but reports of Russian pilots has disappeared.