Extremism case initiated against resident of Kerch because of his social media comments about Russian soldiers

A criminal case under the article on public calls for extremism has been initiated against a 48-year-old resident of the city of Kerch, Crimea, Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing the Crimea and Sevastopol Federal Security Service (FSB) press service.

According to the FSB, the man posted a comment “containing calls for murder of servicemen of Russia’s Armed Forces” on his personal page on the Odnoklassniki social network.

He is facing up to five years of imprisonment.

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Back in December, Russia’s Financial Monitoring Agency included teacher from the city of Syktyvkar Nikita Tushkanov, arrested over charges of justifying terrorism, to the “list of terrorists and extremists”. Tushkanov was the person of interest in the first criminal case in Russia on justifying the explosion on the Crimean Bridge.

He was detained on 7 December after law enforcement agents had searched his Syktyvkar flat and seized his means of communication. The reason for the criminal case was Tushkanov’s social media post with photos of the Crimean Bridge explosion and his joyful comments on the subject.

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