Moscow student sentenced for pro-Kyiv wi-fi network name

A Moscow court has sentenced a student to 10 days in jail for renaming his wi-fi network with a pro-Kyiv slogan, “Slava Ukraini!” meaning “Glory to Ukraine!” The Moscow State University student was found guilty of displaying “symbols of extremist organizations” on Thursday.

Since the onset of Russia’s war in Ukraine, numerous individuals have faced prison terms or fines for criticizing the invasion or expressing support for Ukraine.

The student was apprehended on Wednesday morning in Moscow after a police officer reported the network name to authorities. According to court documents, officers inspected his room in the university’s student accommodation and discovered his personal computer along with a wi-fi router.

The court ruled that he had utilized the network to “promote the slogan ‘Slava Ukraini!’ to an unlimited number of users within wi-fi range.” Consequently, the router has been confiscated.

A student in Moscow has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for renaming his wi-fi network with the pro-Kyiv slogan “Slava Ukraini!” (“Glory to Ukraine!”). The Moscow State University student was convicted of displaying “symbols of extremist organizations.” The slogan has become a rallying cry for Ukraine supporters amid Russia’s invasion launched on February 24, 2022.

The student was found guilty of “public demonstration of Nazi symbolism… or symbols of extremist organisations.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has baselessly claimed a “neo-Nazi regime” in Ukraine to justify the invasion.

This incident adds to the list of ordinary Russians facing consequences for expressing opinions about the war. Last month, hundreds were detained for laying flowers in memory of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Russia avoids using the term “war” for the conflict, mandating it be referred to as a “special military operation.”

Amnesty International reported that over 21,000 people were targeted by Russia’s “repressive laws” last year, used to suppress anti-war activists. The group highlighted “deeply unfair trials” imposing prison sentences and fines to silence dissent.


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