Aleksandr Bragin was arrested on December 29 by officers from the Russian Interior Ministry's department for combating terrorism and extremism.
His offense: publishing an article about the effects of the country's sharp economic downturn on Ulyanovsk, a Volga city some 900 kilometers east of Moscow.
Bragin's article was posted on December 29 on the website of the Russian Popular Democratic Union, an opposition party led by former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, whose regional Ulyanovsk branch is headed by Bragin.
Yelena Dikun, a Kasyanov aide, told RFE/RL's Russian Service that law enforcement agencies are accusing Bragin of tarnishing the region's image.
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