Police outside Kemerovo decide that insulting Putin online is okay, if you don’t call him ‘president’

Police in Osinniki, a town outside Kemerovo, have dropped all charges against an Odnoklassniki user who was under investigation for allegedly insulting Vladimir Putin. According to an official document shared on Telegram by human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov, the case against Ilya Putevsky was abandoned because Putevsky never used the words “president” or “Russian Federation,” meaning that officials can’t be sure his October 7 blog post was in fact addressed to President Putin.