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Russian journalist arrested in absentia on charge of justifying terrorism

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Kremlin/Released)

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

A Moscow court on November 28 ordered the arrest of journalist Anna Loiko in absentia for at least one month on a charge of “publicly justifying terrorism.”

Loiko, who currently resides in Georgia, works for the online media outlet SOTA.

The charge stems from Loiko’s 2021 article about the Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic group, which is banned as “terrorist” in Russia.

Last month, police searched Loiko’s Moscow apartment and briefly detained her mother for questioning.

Loiko has insisted the story in question has nothing to do with justifying terrorism and is about abuse of Russian citizens’ rights by the authorities.