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TALLINN, Estonia — Russia’s prosecution of a single father whose daughter drew an antiwar sketch at college elicited outrage from the European Union on Wednesday, whilst the person, who fled home arrest earlier than the decision was introduced, remained at giant.

Alexei Moskalyov was convicted of discrediting the Russian military and sentenced to 2 years in jail in his hometown of Yefremov on Tuesday in a case that has grabbed worldwide consideration and underscored the depth of the Kremlin’s crackdown on dissent towards the conflict in Ukraine.

European Fee spokesman Peter Stano tweeted that Moskalyov’s sentence was “a complete shame.” Earlier this month, he mentioned the prosecution of Moskalyov represented political repression reaching “new ranges,” akin to what occurred within the Soviet Union beneath Josef Stalin.

Russia “ought to respect its personal structure” and worldwide “obligations as a substitute of punishing youngsters & dad and mom for political causes,” Stano wrote.

Moskalyov, 54, was charged over social media posts criticizing the invasion beneath a legislation adopted shortly after the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Throughout his one-day trial, which concluded Monday, he insisted he had nothing to do with the posts.

Based on his lawyer and supporters, Moskalyov’s troubles started after his daughter Maria, now 13, drew an antiwar image at Yefremov College No. 9 that depicted missiles flying over a Russian flag at a girl and youngster and mentioned “No to conflict” and “Glory to Ukraine,” in response to his lawyer and his supporters.

The varsity referred to as police, the lady was questioned and Moskalyov was fined for important feedback on social media. His condominium was raided in December and a felony case was opened towards him. He was positioned beneath home arrest and his daughter was positioned into the orphanage.

Moskalyov had been beneath home arrest in his condominium within the city south of Moscow, however he escaped earlier than the decision was introduced.

He has been declared a political prisoner by Memorial, one in all Russia’s oldest and most distinguished rights teams that gained the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

One other distinguished rights group — OVD-Data — has supplied Moskalyov with a lawyer and mentioned it will proceed to defend him and his daughter each on the costs of discrediting the military and on the problem of parental rights.

A courtroom in Yefremov subsequent week is predicted to contemplate the authorities’ petition to limit Moskalyov’s parental rights.

His supporters mentioned father and daughter love one another, and Maria referred to as him “my hero” in a letter she wrote for him in an orphanage, in response to Moskalyov’s lawyer who visited the ability on Tuesday. Moskalyov has been elevating Maria alone for about 10 years.