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Extremism Charges Made Against Russian Blogger For Syria Post

  • RFE/RL

Blogger Anton Nosik says the charges against him the "delusional and ridiculous" nature of extremism as defined in the Russian Criminal Code. 

Blogger Anton Nosik says the charges against him the "delusional and ridiculous" nature of extremism as defined in the Russian Criminal Code. 

Moscow investigators levied criminal charges against the man considered to be the godfather of Russia's blogosphere, accusing him of extremism for a post that called for "wiping Syria off the face of the Earth."

The charges against Anton Nosik -- announced on April 26 by the capital's branch of the national Investigative Committee -- were widely anticipated.

A prolific blogger whose writings are some of the most widely viewed on the Russian-language Internet, Nosik has not denied publishing the remark about Syria in October and making similar comments in a radio interview later.

But he said the case highlighted the "delusional and ridiculous" nature of extremism as defined in the Russian Criminal Code.

Nosik wrote the controversial post a day after Russian launched its air campaign in Syria to bolster the forces of longtime ally President Bashar al-Assad.

The post also likened the Assad regime to that of Nazi Germany.

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