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Russia has waged an unprecedented crackdown on dissent since the military campaign in Ukraine began in February 2022.

But in a first, it has charged a man who expressed critical opinion in an on-the-street interview to the media with "spreading fakes" on the Russian army.

"I do not regret anything. Life is like a swing. There are highs and lows," Yuri Kokhovets, 37, told reporters.

In July 2022 Kokhovets was approached by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) outside a central Moscow metro station and asked to give his views on the conflict. He blamed Moscow and criticized President Vladimir Putin.

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