Alexander Nevzorov and his spouse turned residents of Ukraine after denouncing Russia’s conflict.
Ukraine has granted citizenship to Alexander Nevzorov, a distinguished Russian journalist and a Kremlin critic who fled Moscow together with his spouse after denouncing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A Moscow court docket ordered the arrest in absentia of Nevzorov, accusing him of spreading false details about what Moscow portrays as its “special military operation” in Ukraine. He and his spouse fled Russia in March.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian inside minister, stated authorities within the capital Kyiv had granted citizenship to Nevzorov and his spouse, Lydia.
Nevzorov confirmed he obtained Ukrainian citizenship in an announcement on Telegram messenger, wherein he stated Russia’s conflict was a criminal offense and Ukraine its sufferer.
“I take the facet of the sufferer. And I’m rattling grateful to these tormented, determined, bloodied folks of Ukraine who allowed me to take my place amongst them,” he stated.
Russia launched an investigation in opposition to Nevzorov, whose YouTube channel has greater than 1.8 million subscribers, over statements he made that criticised the Russian armed forces for intentionally shelling a maternity hospital within the Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol.
“I can’t be silent any extra. What’s taking place in Mariupol is terrorism,” he wrote on his Telegram channel, referring to 2 weeks of bombardment and shelling of the Sea of Azov port metropolis.
Kremlin-controlled media have stated Russian troops are “liberating” Ukraine from ultra-nationalists and “neo-Nazis”.
They’ve additionally claimed the Azov battalion, whose members embody ultranationalists and neo-Nazis, are holding civilians in Mariupol “hostage”.
“Is that this liberation once we kill a whole bunch of civilians to liquidate a dozen troopers?” Nevzorov wrote, including he must go away Russia after his put up.
Russia has denied the bombing, accusing Ukraine of a “staged provocation”.
The investigation was launched days after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and Moscow handed a legislation that stipulated jail phrases of as much as 15 years for these convicted of deliberately spreading “faux” information about Russia’s navy.
Final December, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a legislation that simplified the acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship for Russians who’re persecuted for political causes in their very own nation.
The president’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Hundreds of thousands of individuals have been displaced and hundreds killed in what Kyiv and the West have stated is a war of aggression and what Moscow described as a marketing campaign to disarm its southern neighbour and root out folks it calls harmful nationalists.