Comedian Idrak Mirzalizade was sentenced to 10 days in jail for a joke about Russians
The Tagansky Court of Moscow has appointed comedian Idrak Mirzalizadeh for 10 days of administrative arrest under the article on inciting ethnic hatred. This was reported by the Moskva agency with reference to the lawyer Sergei Badamshin.
The reason for the administrative case was Mirzalizade’s performance in the “Acceleration” program in March 2021. The comedian talked about the difficulties faced by people of non-Slavic appearance when renting an apartment, and joked about the Russians .
At the trial, the comedian pleaded not guilty. He assured that his speech opposite was aimed at ridiculing xenophobia. Mirzalizadeh also apologized to everyone who could be offended by the joke.
Earlier Mirzalizade stated that his statement about the Russians was criticized, taking out of context, by the TV channel “Tsargrad” and TV presenter Vladimir Soloviev. After that, according to the comedian, he received several thousand threats on the Internet, and was also attacked in Moscow. Mirzalizade said two people hit him and demanded an apology for his joke.