The Prosecutor General's Office and the Investigative Committee were asked to hold comedian Ruslan Bely accountable for speaking out against the military operation
The public movement "Veterans of Russia" sent appeals to the Prosecutor General's Office and the Investigative Committee with a request to attract comedian Ruslan Bely for discrediting the army and "public calls for extremism." This was reported to the TV channel by the public. RT. In addition, the regional branch of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia applied to the Investigative Committee for the Voronezh Region with a request to check the video recording of the comedian's speech for extremism. A copy of the appeal is Kommersant-Chernozemye.
Earlier, a video from a speech by Ruslan Bely appeared in a number of Telegram channels, during which the comedian stated that he did not support the special operation, but “between the verbs “attack” and protect” he chooses “defend”. On the video, he also said that his father was from Ukraine. Also, according to the comedian, his friend Oleg lives in Odessa, who serves in the territorial defense. “If my country is attacked, of course I will go to defend it - this will also not be the easiest choice, but I will go to defend it. But I'm not going to defend the interests of one specific person,” Mr. Bely also said.
The coordinator of the Voronezh regional branch of the LDPR, Pavel Bolshov, in an appeal to the regional Investigative Committee said that the comedian "in his usual sarcastic manner condemned the conduct of a special military operation in Ukraine." “The fact that Bely Ruslan Viktorovich has the military rank of captain and the medal “For Distinction in Military Service” of the third degree adds a special cynicism to the statements,” follows from the appeal of Mr. Bolshov.