Russian faces jail for replacing shop labels with Ukraine war news

Russian artist faces up to TEN YEARS in jail for replacing supermarket labels with notes telling shoppers how Putin’s forces killed ‘400 people’ by bombing theatre in Mariupol

  • Alexandra Skochilenko posted labels about Russian airstrikes on civilians
  • She was reported to the authorities by a fellow shopper and now faces trial
  • The artist maintains her innocence because she is not spreading ‘fake news’

A Russian artist faces up to 10 years in prison after replacing supermarket price tags with information about the horrors of the Ukraine invasion.

Alexandra Skochilenko, 31, posted labels describing the air strike on a Mariupol theatre where civilians were sheltering on March 16.

The West say it is just one instance of Putin’s war crimes but back home, the Kremlin has told Russians the attack was carried out by Ukrainian far-right militias.

Alexandra Skochilenko (pictured behind bars) faces up to 10 years in prison after replacing supermarket price tags with information about the horrors of the Ukraine invasion

The artist and musician posted labels describing the air strike on a Mariupol theatre where civilians were sheltering on March 16

The Mariupol drama theatre was completely destroyed, killing hundreds of Ukrainian civlians

One of the labels said: ‘The Russian army bombed an art school in Mariupol where about 400 people were hiding from the shelling.’

Russia has accused her of spreading ‘fake news’ after she was reported to the authorities by an unidentified shopper in the supermarket.

Investigators said she placed ‘fragments of paper containing deliberately false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces in places designated for price tags’.  

Today, a St Petersburg district court placed her in pre-trial detention for seven weeks.


The 31-year-old’s label said: ‘The Russian army bombed an art school in Mariupol where about 400 people were hiding from the shelling’ 

Russia has accused her of spreading ‘fake news’ after she was reported to the authorities by an unidentified shopper in the supermarket

Judge Elena Leonova said Skochilenko is ‘accused of committing a grave act against public safety’.  

She added that such acts can ‘create tensions in society’ and lead to further ‘subversive activities’. 

If found guilty, she faces between five and 10 years in prison. 

Skochilenko has maintained she is innocent, not because she denies making the labels, but because they do not contain false information. 

Skochilenko has maintained she is innocent, not because she denies making the labels, but because they do not contain false information

Russia has banned the spread of any information about its brutal campaign in Ukraine it deems ‘fake news’.

This means anything which deviates from the Kremlin’s official line on the ‘special military operation’ it is carrying out to ‘denazify’ its neighbours.

Skochilenko is among 23 Russian and foreign citizens who have been charged over the new antiwar laws, human rights lawyers say.

At least one other person was convicted for replacing shop price tags with similar messages, a protest started by the Feminist Anti-War Resistance group.

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