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Russian blogger Nosik found guilty of extremism over article on Syria

A Moscow court on Monday found popular Russian blogger Anton Nosik guilty of posting online extremist materials and fined him 500,000 rubles (some $8,000).

According to investigators, Nosik published an article titled "To wipe Syria off the map" in his blog on October 1, 2015 with the purpose of inciting ethnic hatred.

"The court found Nosik guilty of violating Part 2 of Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code (inciting hatred or enmity, as well as humiliation of human dignity)," the judge said.

The court also cancelled travel restrictions imposed on Nosik during the investigation.

Nosik who holds Russian-Israeli citizenship pleaded not guilty. The prosecution was seeking a two-year penal colony sentence for the blogger.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 03Oct16]

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