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Moscow threatens Russian actor with criminal charges after Ukraine war criticism

Moscow accuses Arthur Smolyaninov of making ‘a series of statements directed against Russia’

Emily Atkinson
Monday 09 January 2023 22:53 GMT
Artur Smolyaninov, a prominent Russian film and theater actor
Artur Smolyaninov, a prominent Russian film and theater actor (AP)

A famous Russian actor is being threatened with criminal charges by Russian authorities after publicly criticising the war in Ukraine.

The search for Artur Smolyaninov, a prominent film and theatre actor, was announced by Russia’s top investigative on Monday in tandem with a second probe against a philanthropist who supports the Russian opposition.

In a statement, Russia’s Investigative Committee said that its chief Alexander Bastrykin ordered the launch of a criminal case against Mr Smolyaninov, who fled the country after Moscow’s forces invaded Ukraine.

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