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Andriyevska is suspect and Kokorina is witness in case under "Crimean article" intentionally created in RF - Samar

16.03.2015, 22:53

The former author for the website «Center of journalist investigations» Anna Andriyevska has the status of a suspect, and the editor of «Center of journalist investigations» Natalia Kokorina has the status of a witness in the case initiated in the annexed Crimea under article 280.1 of the Criminal Code Of the Russian Federation as to public calls to committing acts that violate the territorial integrity of RF. Valentyna Samar, the head of the «Center of journalist investigations», reported this during her press conference in Kyiv on March 16.

On March 13, officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) searched apartments of paretns of Anna Andriyevska and Natalia Kokorina. According to information of Kokorina's lawyer Dzhemil Temishev, FSB launched a criminal case under article 280.1 of the Russian Criminal Code against “Center of journalist investigations”' journalist Anna Andriyevska because of her article about the battalion «Krym». Kokorina was detained as a witness in Andriyevska's case and interrogated for six hours in the Crimean branch of the Russian FSB; later the officers took away her personal laptop but let her go.

Valentyna Samar says this is the first time when this article is used against journalists although human rights advocates suspected it was introduced exactly for this purpose. The punishment under this article can be up to five years of prison. 

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