Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Russian Court Finds Blogger Zharikov Guilty of 'Extremism'

A Russian regional court has found a blogger guilty of "extremism" for reposting on social networks a statement by Ukraine's ultranationalist group Right Sector, and handed down a suspended prison sentenced — but amnestied the man immediately, a news report said.

The Central District Court of Chelyabinsk, just east of the Ural Mountains, found Konstantin Zharikov guilty of public appeals for "extremist activity," OVDInfo news portal reported Monday.

Judge Irina Shershikova sentenced the local blogger to two years' imprisonment, with a probation period of two years, but applied the amnesty act immediately, the report said.

When prosecutors brought charges against Zharikov this spring, the blogger and political activist said he was an "active political scientist and the author of several books about the history of terrorism," arguing he had a "professional interest" in Right Sector publications and had not intended to break any laws, local news portal reported at that time.

Read more

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.