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Russian journalist for Radio Liberty put to list of extremists

05.07.2019, 14:07
Photo credits: Radio Liberty
In Russia, a journalist for Radio Liberty, Svetlana Prokopyeva, who is subjected to the criminal investigation as to "justification of terrorism", has been added to the list of extremists and terrorists, as to Rosfinmonitoring. The Radio Liberty informed of it. Svetlana Prokopyeva told on Facebook, all her bank accounts have been blocked, she is short of money. As to the journalist, this was related to the fact that a new investigator acceded to her case. Prokopyeva suggested that soon an official charge would be filed against her. To remind, Russian authorities have opened a criminal investigation into a reporter for her commentary on a bombing that occurred last year outside the regional offices of Russia's domestic security agency, as RFE/RL informed earlier.  Police raided Svetlana Prokopyeva's home in the northwestern city of Pskov and the local studios of a radio station affiliated with the Moscow-based Ekho Moskvy on February 6, seizing documents and other files, according to officials with the station. She was briefly detained by police and then released later that same day. According to Prokopyeva's lawyer, Tatyana Martynova, the authorities say she is suspected of violating a law that forbids the "justification of terrorism, done through the use of the media." In her commentary, Prokopyeva linked the 17-year-old's statements to the political climate in Russia under President Vladimir Putin, suggesting that political activism in the country was severely restricted, leading people to despair. "A whole generation has grown up in these repressive conditions. They are all 18 years old. One such terrorist attack is enough to become scary," she said. "Terrorist attacks are always very bad. It is bad that young people turn to them. The feeling of helplessness and hopelessness that could have developed in this generation can turn not only into terrorist acts. It turns into passivity, a desire to leave the country," Prokopyeva said.
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