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Legal Case in Chelyabinsk Raises Specter of Regional Separatism in Russia

As more and more low-level or hushed-up evidence makes clear, the Kremlin’s Ukraine gambit may have serious, unexpected domestic ramifications for the Russian Federation, such as increasing the likelihood of regional separatism—a prospect not seriously considered since the early 2000s and the end of Russia’s second war in Chechnya. In January 2016, the Chelyabinsk regional authorities detained Aleksei Moroshkin, a blogger and founder of the Church of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite. Moroshkin, who sometimes goes by the name “Andrew Brave,” is accused of violating Article 280.1 of the Russian criminal code (incitement to separatism) for leading VKontakte groups under slogans like …read more

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