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Published in Stream:
Russia Update: November 4, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Blogger in Bashkortostan Sentenced to 3 Years Labor for Publishing Activist's 'Extremist' Article
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A blogger in Bashkortostan, a southern republic of the Russian Federation, has been sentenced to three years of strict-regimen labor camp for publishing an article deemed "extremist."

The Moscow District Military Circuit Court declared Robert Zagreyev guilty of "public justification of terrorist activity" for publishing a piece by the Bashkir activist Ayrat Dilmukhametov defined by law-enforcers as containing "calls for a violent, armed revolutionary change of the constitutional order in Russia and creation of a separate 'Bashkurdistan' state," Human Rights in Russia reported.

Zagryeyev, a 51-year-old historian published the article in the fall of 2012, and the prosecutor opened a case six months later. In March 2015, Dilmukhametov was sentenced himself to three years of imprisonment for "public calls to terrorism." Zagreyev, the administrator of the site where the article was published, was dealt with in a separate case.

According to the Sova Information Center, which tracks extremism in Russia, Zagryev was detained April 25, 2015 by officers of the Ufa branch of the FSB. Zagreyev pleaded not guilty, saying he had not posted the article on his site. On his own blog, he wrote that his case seemed have been especially ordered by authorities as a show trial.

His lawyer Vsevolod Lebedintsev denied that the articles of both Zagreyev and Dilmukhametov contained incitement of violence, and said the essay was a political description of a possible future outcome in Russia, and was a warning of what was to come.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick