Russia: First Treason Charges for Criticizing Kremlin
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Opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza in Moscow.
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(Berlin, October 7, 2022) – Russian authorities have brought a charge of high treason against an opposition politician, Vladimir Kara-Murza, in a blatant attempt to quash any criticism of the Kremlin and deter contact with the international community, Human Rights Watch said today.
This is the third baseless criminal charge against Kara-Murza since he was detained in April 2022. He has already been indicted for spreading “fake news” about the Russian Armed Forces because he publicly criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and for alleged involvement with an “undesirable” foreign organization. He now risks an additional sentence of up 20 years …read more
Source:: Human Rights Watch