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Irina Tsybaneva: The Woman Who Insulted Putin’s Parents Receives Suspended Sentence In Russia

A 60-year-old Russian woman, Irina Tsybaneva, received a two-year suspended sentence for leaving an “insulting inscription” on the grave of President Vladimir Putin’s parents.

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Summary:

  • A 60-year-old Russian woman, Irina Tsybaneva, received a two-year suspended sentence for leaving an “insulting inscription” on the grave of President Vladimir Putin’s parents.
  • Tsybaneva stated her action was motivated by the distressing news she witnessed about the war in Ukraine.
  • This case brings to light the stringent laws against insulting the dignity of the President in Russia, raising concerns about freedom of speech and political dissent in the country.

On Thursday, a 60-year-old Russian woman named Irina Tsybaneva received a two-year suspended sentence for desecrating the grave of President Vladimir Putin’s parents, as reported by independent news outlets.

The incident, which took place in October, involved Tsybaneva leaving an inflammatory note on the grave in St. Petersburg.

Irina Tsybaneva
Irina Tsybaneva
"Death to Putin, you raised a freak and a murderer," the note read, addressed to Putin's deceased parents.

Tsybaneva was charged with grave desecration due to her actions. The prosecutors initially aimed for a three-year suspended sentence, mentioning in the court that the note referred to Putin’s mother and father as “the parents of a maniac.” However, the final verdict settled on a two-year suspended sentence.

In a statement to the SOTA news site, Tsybaneva mentioned that she has no plans to appeal against the verdict. She explained the motive behind her actions during an interview with another news outlet, Mediazona.

“I wrote the note after I watched the news about the war in Ukraine and understood that everything is very scary, everything is very sad, and there are many dead,” Tsybaneva expressed.

Context: Putin’s Parents

Vladimir Putin’s parents, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin and Maria Ivanovna Putina

Vladimir Putin’s parents, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin and Maria Ivanovna Putina, lived through severe hardships, including the Siege of Leningrad during World War II. Their life experiences significantly influenced young Vladimir Putin’s upbringing and worldview.

Russia’s Legal Stance on Desecration

In Russia, desecrating a grave is a criminal offense under Article 244 of the Russian Criminal Code. The act is punishable by compulsory labor, fine, or imprisonment, with the sentence becoming more severe if it involves desecration of a grave belonging to a public figure or if it aims to incite hatred or enmity.

It’s essential to note that Russia has strict laws against insulting the dignity of the President, falling under Article 319 of the Russian Penal Code that criminalizes public insults to the authorities. The law has been a point of contention for critics who argue that it suppresses freedom of expression.

International Perspective

This incident has elicited mixed reactions internationally. Some view Tsybaneva’s actions as an expression of free speech, while others consider it as disrespectful to the deceased.

The act is also raising questions about the boundaries of acceptable public dissent in Russia, a country where President Putin’s authority is rarely openly challenged, and where freedom of speech often faces stiff restrictions.


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