Russian journalist fined in case that drew broad outrage

Moscow, July 6

A Russian journalist on Monday was convicted on costs of condoning terrorism and ordered to pay a effective in a case that has been broadly criticised as an assault on freedom of speech.

The courtroom within the metropolis of Pskov has discovered Svetlana Prokopyeva responsible of “justifying terrorism” and ordered her to pay a effective of 500,000 rubles (about $6,950). Prosecutors had requested for a six-year jail sentence for Prokopyeva.

The case of Prokopyeva stems from a commentary she printed within the wake of a November 2018 suicide assault, by which a 17-year-old Russian man blew himself up on the entrance of the workplace of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, within the northern metropolis of Arkhangelsk.

The attacker was killed and three FSB officers had been injured.

In her commentary, Prokopyeva criticised repressive authorities insurance policies, arguing that they depart little likelihood for the younger individuals to precise their discontent and drive them to despair.

Prokopyeva, a contract contributor to RFE/RL’s Russian Service, has maintained her innocence, rejecting the costs as an assault on freedom of speech.

“I am not afraid to criticise law enforcement or tell the security organs that they are wrong,” Prokopyeva mentioned in her ultimate assertion Friday. “Because I know how really horrific it will become if I don’t speak out — if no one speaks out.” She insisted that she solely did her work as a journalist.

“I did not do anything that was beyond the framework of my professional duty,” Prokopyeva advised the courtroom “And that is not a crime.” Prokopyeva mentioned she would enchantment the decision.

Human rights teams and media watchdogs in Russia and overseas have criticised the costs in opposition to Prokopyeva as an try to trample on freedom of speech and demanded her acquittal. — AP

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