Russian Human Rights Campaigner Oleg Orlov Sentenced to Prison for Discrediting Military

Oleg Orlov, a prominent Russian human rights activist, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a Moscow court for repeatedly discrediting the Russian military. Orlov, aged 70, is known for his association with the Nobel Prize-winning group Memorial, which was closed down by the Russian authorities. The sentencing follows a retrial after prosecutors argued that his previous punishment—a fine—was too lenient. Orlov remains defiant, expressing no regret for his actions and criticizing Russia’s path under President Vladimir Putin.

  • Oleg Orlov, a 70-year-old human rights activist, has been sentenced to 2.5 years in jail in Moscow.
  • He was convicted of discrediting the Russian army due to his public criticisms of the war in Ukraine.
  • Last year, Orlov faced the same charges but was only fined.
  • Prosecutors sought a harsher punishment, leading to the retrial and subsequent prison sentence.
  • Orlov played a leading role in the group Memorial, which won the Nobel Prize but was shut down by Russian authorities.
  • In court, Orlov stated that he regretted nothing he had said or written and criticized the growing crackdown on dissent in Russia.
  • Prosecutors had originally demanded a sentence of 2 years and 11 months, but the judge sentenced Orlov to 2 years and 6 months.

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