In a sombre but heartfelt Facebook live post today dedicated to his 2 children, freedom activist Vladislav Sobolev announced that he is turning himself in to police this morning. Sobolev is allegedly charged with criminal harassment and public intimidation of a public official.
The official is Ontario Superior Court Justice Jasmine Akbarali, believed by some sources to be the same judge who removed visitation rights for Sobolev after the mother of their son, Ilya, 6, took him to court with concerns her ex was endangering their child and other family members by taking part in protests against Covid-19 measures. Sobolev has been embroiled in a bitter custody arrangement. Akbarali allowed Sobolev 3 zoom “visits” per week for 1 hour and is alleged to have made threatening comments to Akbarali on social media video posts.
Friends say Sobolev, who hasn’t held his son since May 8, 2020, is a dedicated parent who’s been “pushed to his limit,” with his attempts to resume in-person visits through the courts foiled. hoping to reunite his new daughter, Ava, 1. and has been “pushed to his limit”
Sobolev recently posted a video invite in hopes of having Ilya join his little sister for her first birthday last Friday.
A website, Ilyafirst.info, was set up by an anonymous supporter of Sobolev to help petition reuniting him with his son, Ilya.