New directions for the foundation’s work in 2024.

New directions for the foundation’s work in 2024.

In 2024, our foundation is focusing its work on peacebuilding initiatives, will continue to help Ukrainian refugees, and will add assistance to anti-war activists from Belarus and Russia.

The first action, which began in the last days of December 2023 and ended in early 2024, was the evacuation of anti-war activist and musician Anna Chagina from Siberia (via Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) to Lithuania.

Musician Anna Chagina (born November 29, 1979).

She opposed the war in Ukraine on her social networks, and on March 6, 2022 sheparticipated in an anti-war demonstration on Novo-Sobornanaya Square. Tomsk with the poster «Blessed are the peacekeepers (Matthew 5:9), where she was detained. On March 12, 2022,she was fined by the Soviet court of the city of Tomsk. Tomsk for 45 thousand Russian rubles under the administrative article on «discrediting» the army. In September, her VKontakte page was blocked at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office. On November 30, 2022,early in the morning, the security forces came to Chagina with a search within the framework of the criminal case under Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code on the repeated discrediting of the Russian army within a year, the basis for which was the records and comments on the pages of the woman in VKontakte, published in the period from May 4 to June 12, 2022. In particular, these records contained information about the anti-war Appeal of the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church, online discussions about the war from a Christian point of view with the participation of the Lutheran priest Pavel Levushkan and religious philosopher Nikolai Karpitsky, as well as information about the persecution of the priest of ROCOR (A) hieromonk. Ioann Kurmoyarova — this is reported by Forum 18.

After the search, the woman was detained for 48 hours and placed in a temporary detention center.

On December 1, 2022, it became known that the court chose Chagina’s preventive measure — the prohibition of certain actions, TV2 reports. She was forbidden to leave the house between 22:00 and 6:00, receive and send correspondence, as well as use the Internet and attend mass events. She also had to give a non-disclosure subscription.

On March 2, 2023, it became known that against Chagina in the Soviet Court of the city of Tomsk on March 15, 2023,a court hearing was to be held under Article 280.3 of the Criminal Code, the case will be considered by Judge Roman Zainulin. Chagina was threatened with imprisonment of up to 3 years in prison or a fine of up to 300 thousand Russian rubles.

The case is being considered in the Soviet Court of Tomsk in July 2023.

Anna Chagina once again pleaded not guilty, and asked for an acquittal:

«I hold my view that any military action is unacceptable. I call war war. And what is happening now in Ukraine also concerns our country, and I consider it a political, social and economic catastrophe. For me, as a person who loves life, loves his neighbors, and loves our planet, all this is a painful experience. For me personally, it’s all a huge heartache. My heartache was the main motive for what I was doing. Based on my personal motives, I tried to reflect what was happening, including through the text of another person. All my accusations are based on the text of another person, not my personal, and I emphasize once again that my point of view does not always coincide with the point of view of Nikolai Karpitsky. I believe that the examination of his texts has nothing to do with me. Evidence of his negative attitude to the actions of the Russian army also has nothing to do with anyone. Personally, I have never allowed any rude, rude and derogatory words to any military. Despite the fact that I am a convinced pacifist. <…> I do not believe that the expression of my position is destabilizing for society, even despite the testimony of two witnesses. I don’t admit my guilt and ask you to justify myself.

On August 7, 2023, the trial was held, Judge Roman Zainulin fined Anna Chagina 100 thousand rubles (about 1000 euros), and also banned her from posting publications on the Internet for two years. According to the lawyer, this is the minimum penalty for the imputed article.

The woman tried to challenge this decision. But the Tomsk Regional Court confirmed the earlier sentence.