The Volokh Conspiracy

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Volokh Being Prosecuted for Anti-Government Speech


That's Maria Volokh, a municipal government candidate in Moscow (not the one in Idaho), being prosecuted for speech critical of the war in Ukraine (see Mediazona, in Russian). Volokh's and her codefendant Sergey Smirnov's speech apparently consisted of walking through the center of Moscow with black tape over their mouths and carrying posters with "*** *****," which seems to be a symbol for the expurgated eight-letter phrase "нет войне" ("no to war").

I would have been proud to call Ms. Volokh a kinswoman, but she and I are not, to my knowledge, related.