Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Russian Blogger Nosik Faces 2-Year Sentence for Syria Post

Anton Nosik Artyom Korotayev / TASS

Prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to jail Russian blogger Anton Nosik for two years after he wrote a post calling for the Kremlin to “erase Syria from the face of the earth.”

Nosik was charged with with inciting hatred or hostility after a criminal investigation was launched in November last year. Two years is the maximum sentence for the offense.

The blog post called for Russian forces to carpet bomb the country and justified the death of civilians. “I will not grieve if Syria is razed to the ground. Moreover, I will be thankful,” Nosik wrote.

He was also investigated for comments he made on the Echo Moskvy radio station.

Nosik has pleaded not guilty, but told reporters that some of his comments made to Echo Moskvy may have “overstepped the mark.”

The blogger had previously announced his intention to run in this month's State Duma elections.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more