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Bogus Terrorism Charges Against Russian Journalists

Expand Pictured (L) Svetlana Prokopyeva, Pskov, Russia; and (R) Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, Makhachkala, Russia.  © 2019 Pavel Dmitriyev (L); 2019 Arsen Shabanov (R) The Russian government’s abuse of the country’s broad, harsh counterterrorism legislation is on shocking display as two journalists now face potential lengthy prison sentences on politically motivated charges. Last week, the authorities indicted freelance journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva on groundless charges of “justification of terrorism,” which is punished by up to seven years in prison. In an open letter published yesterday by several…

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