Memedeminov Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison

The citizen journalist and video blogger from Crimea was found guilty by a Russian court of 'calls to terrorism'

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02.10.2019

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The Southern Military District Court of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, sentenced Crimean citizen journalist and blogger Nariman Memedeminov to 2.5 years in prison.

The blogger was found guilty of making public calls to terrorism, Crimea.Realities reports.

On October 1, 2019, Memedeminov said in his final statement to the court that the Russian judiciary and law were “pre-configured” and called on journalists to continue informing about the situation in Crimea and the court trials of peninsula residents.

Memedeminov is a Crimean Tatar blogger and citizen journalist. He was detained by Russian security officers at the end of March 2018 and charged under Part 2 of Article 205 of the Criminal Code of Russia (public calls for terrorist activity via the Internet).

Russian security officers raised grievances over Memedeminov’s video blog on YouTube, which he operated from 2013 to 2015. It features dozens of videos with comments on political events and topics, calls to compliance with Islam norms and thoughts about Russian national holidays: Defender of the Fatherland Day, International Women’s Day, Children’s Day and more.

The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine called the arrest of Medemedinov in Crimea “a violation of the right to freedom of expression, free access to, and dissemination of, information, including via the Internet.”

Source Crimea. Realities
date 02.10.2019
categories Crimea
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