June 20, 2023

Mother of All Denunciations


Mother of All Denunciations
Alla Fatkhelislamova in her video interview. Novaya Gazeta Europe

The mother of a Russian conscript who died as a result of shelling in the Belgorod Oblast has been charged with “discrediting” the army, 72.ru reported.

Young man in a uniform, in a photo held by his mother.
Afanasy.

At the end of May, Alla Fatkhelislamova gave an interview to Novaya Gazeta Europe about the death of her son, Afanasy Podayev, after which she was targeted by "professional denouncer" Anna Korobkova. Korobkova claims to have written more than a thousand denunciations.

The exact words Fatkhelislamova used that led Korobkova to file a complaint is not known. In her interview, Fathkhelislamova said: “War - who needs it? Nobody needs it. Even though [at the start of the war] my son was not yet in the army, I cried for strangers.”

A video of the interview, with English subtitles, is embedded below.

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