95-year-old veteran Ignat Artemenko died in Moscow, in the case of “slander” against whom Navalny paid a fine of 850 thousand rubles

In Moscow, 95-year-old veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko died, in the case of "slander" against whom Alexei Navalny paid a fine of 850 thousand rubles. This is reported by the Telegram channel "Rise" with reference to Artemenko's grandson Igor Kolesnikov.

“It really is,” he said. Kolesnikov declined to comment further.

According to the 112 Telegram channel, Artemenko died at home, in an apartment on Molodtsova Street.

In 2020, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Navalny for a tweet in which Navalny spoke about the people who starred in a campaign video for amendments to the Constitution. “Oh, here they are, my dears. It must be admitted that so far the team of corrupt lackeys looks rather weak. Look at them: this is the shame of the country. People without a conscience. Traitors,” Navalny wrote. The UK considered that the politician's comment "contained deliberately false information, discrediting the honor and dignity of the veteran." Artemenko, who became one of the heroes of the video, was recognized as the victim in the case. The department reported that Navalny allegedly undermined the health of the veteran with his comment.

On February 20, Navalny was found guilty by the Magistrate's Court of the Babushkinsky District of Moscow under Part 2 of Art. 128.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Slander”), he was fined 850 thousand rubles. As part of the hearing in the libel case, Navalny many times pointed out inconsistencies in the testimony of witnesses. In particular, it turned out that neither the veteran nor his grandson filed a complaint against Navalny in a libel case. The injured veteran Ignat Artemenko participated in the meeting via video link. During the meeting, Navalny insisted that the veteran’s relatives were “trading him”, during the process Artemenko answered questions on a piece of paper, and next to him, in addition to his daughter, were strangers. During the interrogation of the victim himself, Artemenko was very hard to hear, as pointed out by Navalny and his defense.

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