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Russia: Blogger Released After 14 Months of Penal Colony

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Russia, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Politics, RuNet Echo

Irek Murtazin [1] [RUS], blogger and former spokesperson of the Tatarstan's president, has been released today after spending more than 14 months in penal colony, “Novaya Gazetareported [2] [RUS]. After published a gossip about the death of Mintimir Shaimiev [3], president of Tatarstan Republic [4], Murtazin had been accused of defamation [5] and sentenced to 2 years of penal colony.