What threatens the actor Smolyaninov for wanting to see Russia in nuclear ashes and supporting the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Criminal statements did not go unnoticed

Criminal statements did not go unnoticed

A photo: Artem KILKIN

– I want to fight for Ukraine … I [все равно] what will remain of Russia, even if one region, and everything else will turn into radioactive ashes.

With these words, the career of the Moscow-born Russian actor Artur Smolyaninov ended. The shocking and insulting interview caused the widest public outcry. After all, despite the fact that Smolyaninov fled Russia in September (they say that he fled from mobilization), the actor continued to earn money in his homeland.

Criminal statements did not go unnoticed in the UK. On November 9, it became known that the head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to initiate criminal proceedings after a series of statements by actor Artur Smolyaninov about Russia. Therefore, we decided to find out what could threaten an actor for amazing meanness – in fact, a betrayal of his native country.


On air radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” (97.2 FM) lawyer Ilya Remeslo pondered under what article a criminal case could be initiated, whether the actor would be able to return to Russia and how else he would pay for the unceremonious gesture.

“Most likely, a case will be initiated under Article 280 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – these are public calls for extremist activities committed using the media,” Craft suggested. – The punishment for such acts can reach up to five years in prison. In Russia, the actor has some real estate and other property, which can also be arrested as part of the security in a criminal case. I do not rule out that the investigation may begin to check government contracts – for example, how justified they were, and so on. Execution of punishment is a separate issue. Unfortunately, for some reason, our law enforcement agencies in a number of cases shrug their shoulders and say: here we have opened a case, but we cannot bring him to justice …

In addition, the lawyer did not rule out a ban on entry into Russia for the artist.

– The fact that he will be denied entry to Russia and he will not be able to earn money here – it seems to me that this will hit him very painfully. No one in any other country needs more Smolyaninov, in my personal opinion. As for the extradition of a criminal at the request of the Russian authorities (Arthur lives abroad – Auth.), It could be counted on before, not now. The non-extradition trend began in 2016-2017, when the United States began to hide economic criminals, that is, some stealing bankers who go there and begin to fight our regime, giving out secrets that they have become aware of. American intelligence agencies work with them.

The actor’s family – he has two sons from the artist Daria Melnikova – the criminal case should not be affected in any way. Unlike bank accounts.

“No, this will not affect the family in any way,” Craft believes. – Only if there is joint property that is in shared ownership, in such cases the share is usually arrested [преступника]. But, in fact, I think it’s unlikely. Likely to be arrested immediately [банковское] accounts, like Alexander Nevzorov * had. I think that in the case of Smolyaninov the same option is possible.


Despite the fact that Artur Smolyaninov left the country last fall, projects with him on television and online platforms continue to appear. In particular, the public could appreciate the work of the actor in the series “Monastery” and the comedy “Together is more fun”, filmed long before the artist’s aggressive statements. And the continuation of the project “Rostov”, the detective story “Jew” and the drama “Unit of Montevideo” are planned for the airing.

* recognized by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation as a foreign agent


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