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Russian teenager must remain under house arrest until trial over online posts

Judge's gavel. (Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau/U.S. Air Force)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

A court in Russia’s northwestern city of Arkhangelsk has ruled that a 19-year-old must remain under house arrest over her alleged reposting of online messages criticizing Russia’s ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and posting a report about the bombing of the Russia-built Crimea Bridge. The court ruled on January 4 that Olesya Krivtsova, who was charged with discrediting Russia’s armed forces and justification of terrorism on December 28, must stay under house arrest until her trial. If found guilty, Krivtsova may face up to seven years in prison.