The Kremlin has spoken out against the case of a single father who was jailed after his daughter’s anti-war drawing infuriated President Putin’s security services.

The case against Alexei Moskalev is not as “easy” as it first appears, according to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, who also criticized him for his “deplorable” parenting.

Peskov asserted that the case against Moskalev is actually “quite old” and said, “In fact, [it was] very awful in performing parental responsibilities and guaranteeing the child’s livelihood.”

Everything is far more involved; nothing is that straightforward, he continued, declining to go into further detail.His remarks came amid mounting criticism over the Kremlin’s apparent use of the Tula area single father and his 13-year-old daughter as a cautionary tale for other prospective dissidents.

Tuesday saw the single father receive a two-year prison term for allegedly “discrediting” the Russian military after his daughter Masha wrote “No to war” and “Honor to Ukraine” on a drawing she had drawn in class. The cops picked up Moskalev and his daughter the very next day. Later, the prosecution asserted that they had also discovered statements made by Moskalev critical of the Russian military on social media.

A Russian court reported that Moskalev broke out of house arrest before being transported to complete his sentence. While the news was welcomed with immediate fears that something“I believe everything will be fine and we will be together,” she said.

“One day we’ll sit around a table together and remember all of this… I’m proud. Yes dad I can say I’m proud of my dad,” she wrote, adding that she was grateful to have understood “the bitter truth instead of a sweet lie.”

“I beg you – just don’t give up,” she wrote, signing the note: “I love you, you are a hero. My hero.”

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