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RFE/RL President condemned persecution in Russia of journalist Prokopieva

25.09.2019, 15:38

The President of media corporation Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Jamie Fly condemned criminal prosecution against the journalist Svetlana Prokopiyeva, as to Radio Svoboda.

“Unacceptable that RFE/RL, Radio Svoboda contributor Svetlana Prokopyeva is being persecuted for doing nothing more than voicing her opinions. Charges against her are an attempt to send a message to independent journalists”, Jamie Fly said, 

The criminal case against the journalist was opened in the fall of 2018. Prokopiyeva is charged with public justifying of terrorism, as she told on the air station "Echo of Moscow in Pskov" that the state itself has brought up the generations of citizens who are struggling against it. This was her comment on an attack in Arkhangelsk, in which a 17-year-old boy detonated a homemade bomb inside a local Federal Security Service (FSB) building, killing himself and injuring several FSB officers. The Roskomnaglyar watchdog found the signs of justification for terrorism in these words.

"Echo of Moscow in Pskov" was fined 150 thousand rubles, and the local newspaper, which printed the radio material, was fined 200 thousand rubles. In February 2019, the law enforcement bodies searched Prokopiev's house and she was summoned for questioning. In July 2019, the journalist was put to the Russian list of extremists and terrorists.

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