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Russia: 6 Months of Suspended Sentence and a Destroyed Laptop for a Forum Comment

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Russia, Breaking News, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Human Rights, Law, Media & Journalism, Politics, Technology, RuNet Echo

Yuri Yegorov, blogger from Tatarstan [1] and a former employee of the regional government, has been sentenced with 6 months of suspended sentence for a libelling, openinform.ru reported [2] [ru]. Additionally, the court ruled out to destroy Yegorov's laptop ‘as a weapon of crime.’ Yegorov published information on corruption in the office of the Tatarstan ombudsman [3] Rashit Vagizov. His publications were later supported by other witnesses’ testimonies, however, the court ignored them.