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A prestigious Russian journalist was sentenced to 25 years in prison in Russia

The journalist and historian Vladimir Kara-Murza, a vehement critic of Putin, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for “spreading false information and high treason”. Journalist and historian Vladimir Kara-Murza, a vehement critic of the Kremlin regime, was sentenced by a Moscow court to 25 years in prison. Vladimir Kara-Murza, awarded the Civil Courage Award in 2018, was accused of “high treason” and “spreading false information” about the army of the Russian Federation. Last week, he told a Moscow court that he was proud and did not take back anything he said. “I agree with every word I said. I’m not only unrepentant, I’m proud,” the Russian dissident told the judges.

The historian has frequently criticized the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine but has also spoken out against President Vladimir Putin and his government’s crackdown on opponents. Vladimir Kara-Murza, 41, the Russian historian, played a key role in persuading Western governments to sanction Russian officials for human rights abuses and corruption. Kara-Murza’s sentence is the largest sentence ever handed down to a political opponent of Vladimir Putin. Vladimir Kara-Murza is a father of three, holds Russian and British citizenship, and studied at the University of Cambridge. Kara-Murxa was detained in April 2022 and accused of “spreading false information about the Russian army” in Ukraine. Later, Kara-Murza was also accused of “high treason”. Historian Vladimir Kara-Murza also stated that, because he did not commit any crime, he should be acquitted by the court. But he mentioned, at the same time, that he does not demand anything from the court, knowing in advance the already-established verdict. Vladimir Kara-Murza concluded by saying that the “darkness” that has fallen over Russia, led by Vladimir Putin, will dissipate, but also that, despite the fact that he is placed in a cage, he loves his country. “For a person who has not committed a crime, the only fair verdict would be acquittal. But I am not asking anything from this court. I know his verdict. I knew this a year ago when I saw people in black uniforms and black masks running after my car in my rearview mirror. This is the price of not remaining silent in Russia today, Vladimir Kara-Murza also said before the judges. “I know that the day will come when the darkness over our country will dissipate,” the journalist concluded. It is not the first time a journalist has been politically convicted in Russia. A similar event occurred last month in Belarus, with a case being drawn to indigo with it. Unfortunately, such convictions are becoming more and more frequent in this part of Europe, and we consider that this is a very alarming precedent for the freedom of the press.

By Paul Bumman

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