Russian politician detained after ‘discrediting’ Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Yevgeny Roizman, a critic of Russia’s onslaught against the ex-Soviet state, was detained by Kremlin authorities. Russia’s TASS news agency claimed Mr Roizman was apprehended and was known for criticising Moscow, particularly following its invasion of Ukraine.

The former Mayor of Yekaterinburg is being investigated for “discrediting the Russian army”, TASS claimed.

The report, which was published on Wednesday, cited Yekaterinburg security services.

Roizman joined a handful of Kremlin critics in entering elected office following a series of big opposition demonstrations as President Vladimir Putin launched his own campaign in 2012.

Moscow has labelled its efforts in Ukraine as a “special military operation”.

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However, authorities have prosecuted a number of activists for calling it a war or criticising Russia’s action.

Mr Roizman previously claimed he did not fear being arrested.

Roizman even said he was afraid of speaking to his friends and acquaintances in Ukraine because he “feels insanely guilty”.

According to Reuters, Ukrainian forces have mounted stiff resistance and the West has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in an effort to force it to withdraw its forces.

“If Russia completes the improvised bridge, it will almost certainly increase the capacity of the crossing point compared to the ferry.

“A floating bridge would likely still be vulnerable to Ukrainian offensive action.”