April 11, 2022

On April 11, 2022, police detained Vladimir Kara-Murza in Moscow near his home. A judge ordered Vladimir Kara-Murza's administrative arrest for 15 days for "disobeying police orders." He was due to be released on April 26.

However, on April 22, 2022, the investigative committee officially charged Vladimir Kara-Murza under Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code. On the same day, a court placed Kara-Murza in pretrial detention. The basis for the criminal charges against Vladimir Kara-Murza was his speech at the Arizona House of Representatives (in the USA) on March 15, condemning Putin's regime and aggression in Ukraine. Under Article 207.3(2)(g)(d) of the Criminal Code, he may face up to 10 years in prison.

Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code effectively criminalizes criticizing or sharing information about the Russian armed forces and their violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The article's intentionally broad and vague definitions allow arbitrary application and serve to silence public debate around the war in Ukraine.

Later, the investigative committee added new charges against Kara-Murza, and the court repeatedly extended his pretrial detention.