Former participant in the television intellectual game “What? Where? When?” Rovshan Askerov was put on the wanted list, TASS reported on Wednesday, May 11, citing the search base of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. It states that Askerov is wanted under a criminal article, but does not specify under which one.
Rovshan Askerov is known as a member of the “elite club of experts”. Since 1998, he has constantly participated in the game “What? Where? When?”, repeatedly received prizes as the best player in the team, and was the owner of the prestigious Crystal Owl award. In the fall of 2018, Askerov announced that he was leaving the program.
On April 27, 2022, the Investigative Committee (IC) of Russia announced that a criminal case had been opened against Askerov under the article on the “rehabilitation of Nazism.” The reason was a post on the social network Facebook, which, according to the investigation, contained “deliberately false information insulting and discrediting the memory of the great Russian commander and defender of the Fatherland, marshal Soviet Union Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov.” The case was initiated after a complaint from the State Historical Museum, whose representative claimed that the connoisseur named Zhukov “killer in uniform”, “marauder”, and the museum itself – “pseudo-historical”.
In response to accusation Rovshan Askerov stated that his words contain “no slander, no deliberate lies” and that all the information from his post is “at least verified in Wikipedia.” In an interview with the Meduza Internet portal, he said that he left the Russia because of the war in Ukraine.He is currently in Azerbaijan.
The maximum penalty for that part of the article on the “rehabilitation of Nazism” that Rovshan Askerov is charged with (part 4 of article 354.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) is five years in prison.