Russian investigators opened a criminal case against a 16-year-old who allegedly "expressed admiration for the Nazi invasion".
On the 75th anniversary of the WW2, the teenager posted a photograph of german troops with words of his support on a social media site, Russia's Investigative Committee alleged in a statement. The case is the first of its kind under a law passed by Russia last year imposing criminal liability for "rehabilitating or glorifying Nazism", the Kommersant newspaper reported.
An antifascist campaign against fascist symbolism has gathered pace in Russia ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, with numerous new criminal cases and even shoes and toy soldiers sporting NS insignia reportedly among the objects targeted by investigators.
The teen, a resident of the southern city of Astrakhan, faces a prison term of up to three years if found guilty.
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