MOSCOW, February 23 – RIA Novosti. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent congratulations on February 23 to the veteran of the Great Patriotic War Ignat Artemenko, said the official representative of the department Maria Zakharova.
“Today Ignat Sergeevich received congratulations from Sergei Lavrov. There is only one signature, and with it – many flaming hearts, not surrendering and not betraying memory,” she wrote on Facebook.
“From myself, I can say that we are a mountain for Ignat Sergeevich Artemenko. I understand that it’s a holiday. But it is on February 23, on the Defender of the Fatherland Day, that I want to say in defense of the Defenders. Any front-line soldier, partisan, home front worker, or blockade soldier can be in his place today. But in his place during the war, as we understood, not everyone would volunteer to go to defend their homeland, “Zakharova noted.
For defamation of veteran Artemenko, the court fined Alexei Navalny 850 thousand rubles. In addition, he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in the Yves Rocher case. The new verdict will not affect the term of his imprisonment, since the “Libel” article in the wording, which was relevant at the time of the crime, did not imply imprisonment.