In Russia, the Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested in absentia a former participant in the TV quiz show “What? Where? When?” Rovshan Askerov in the case of the rehabilitation of Nazism, instituted after his post on the social network.
According to Ukrinform, this is reported by Interfax with reference to the press secretary of the court Ekaterina Buravtsova.
“He will be arrested for two months from the moment of detention or extradition to Russia,” Buravtsova said.
As Ukrinform reported, on May 11, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation put Askerov on the wanted list because of a case initiated after his post about Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov.
On April 27, the Investigative Committee of Russia announced the initiation of a criminal case against Askerov under the article on the rehabilitation of Nazism (part 4 of article 354.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The reason for the persecution was Askerov’s critical post on Facebook about Zhukov, which, according to the investigation, contained “deliberately false information insulting and discrediting the memory of the great Russian commander and defender of the Fatherland.”
In an interview with the media, Rovshan Askerov rejected the claims of the Investigative Committee, calling his post “an opinion based on facts.” He also said that he left Russia in early March because of the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
Askerov is a graduate of the Faculty of History of Baku State University, candidate of historical sciences. He worked in the newspaper “Sport-Express” and on the sports channels NTV-Plus. PR director of “Baku” magazine. For almost 30 years he participated in the game “What? Where? When?”, In 2001 he received the Crystal Owl.
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