The constitutional court rejected the complaint Barnaul activist of PARNASSUS Anton Podchasov, convicted previously for a repost of the text of “Russophobia post, which contained the appeal to the Ukrainian authorities not to give ethnic Russians of citizenship. The young man tried to challenge rules requiring banks to freeze accounts of persons involved in extremist activities and included in the list of Rosfinmonitoring, according to a ruling published on the website of the court.
In the court’s view, this measure is aimed at preventing the financing of extremism and thus constitutes “life support” people included in the list of extremists, and members of their families. At the same time the constitutional court pointed out in particular that the law allows them to receive and to use various social benefits and salary up to 10 thousand rubles a month per person.
In July 2015, the Leninsky district court of Barnaul convicted the blogger and activist Anton Podchasov guilty under part 1 of article 280 of the criminal code (“Public calls to extremist activities) and part 1 of article 282 (“inciting hatred, hostility or humiliation on grounds of nationality”) and sentenced him to fifteen years imprisonment. The court also deprived Podchasov the right to engage in activities associated with telecommunication networks, including the Internet, for three years.
Podchasov has repeatedly filed complaints against the sentence for the repost on the Internet to the European court of human rights (ECHR). He argued that criminal penalties, combined with a prohibition to carry out its work as IT-specialist (which he is by profession) clearly disproportionate with sane crime, because it actually means a ban on the profession.
In addition, in September 2014 (the arraignment) Podchasov was included in the “list of organizations and individuals against whom there are data on their participation in extremist activity or terrorism” (the so-called black list of Rosfinmonitoringa) and his account in “Sberbank” has been blocked. Even after three years he will not be able to receive payments for their work, so a ban on the profession for an indefinite period, he concluded in his complaint to the ECHR.