Russian student journalists sentenced to two years of correctional labour

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A Moscow court has sentenced four ex-editors of a Russian independent student news site DOXA to two years of correctional labour, the Moscow Times reports.

The sentences ended a year-long trial over a video in which Armen Aramyan, Alla Gutnikova, Natasha Tyshkevich and Vladimir Metelkin told young Russians not to be afraid to protest against the jailing of Kremlin critic and Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

In April 2021, they were charged with inciting minors, in the video, to join nationwide protests in support of Navalny.

In March 2022, a Russian court sentenced Navalny to an additional nine years in a maximum-security penal colony after finding him guilty of large-scale fraud and contempt by a Russian court. Navalny’s supporters say the trial was politically motivated.

Source: Aljazeera News Agency

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