In Episode One Coda speaks with Elena Chingina, the mother of 22-year-old Ruslan Sokolovsky who is currently waiting for his trail date in pre-trial detention in a Yekaterinburg prison.
This is a story of young mother from Russia’s Kurgan region who was sentenced to six months in prison for sharing a video on the Russian social media platform Vkontake.
The case of Evgeniya Chudnovets has sparked debate across Russia about how Russians should behave on social media.
This is a story of Alexandr Byvshev, a poet and a schoolteacher from Russia’s Oryol region who was sentenced to 300 hours of labor for posting a poem about Ukraine that criticized Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
This is the story of an electrical engineer from the city of Tver who has been in jail for two years for his social media posts and of his family ruined by the Kremlin’s clampdown on dissent.
This is the story of Aleksey Kungurov, a blogger from the city of Tyumen sentenced to two years in prison for his post which criticized Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria.