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Siberian anti-war activist sentenced to seven years in prison

A gavel cracks down. (Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid/U.S. Air Force)

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

The Kiselyovsk City Court in the Siberian region of Kemerovo on March 9 sentenced local activist Bulat Shumekov to seven years in prison on a charge of discrediting Russia’s armed forces. Shumekov was charged in April after he published a video about Russia’s ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Before that he was fined three times for openly condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.