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Russian Blogger Faces Extremism Charges

Prosecutors in Russia's central Samara Oblast have charged a local blogger with fomenting extremism, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Dmitry Kirilin, 29, is accused of posting materials critical of former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on his blog.

Prosecutors have described the materials as incitement to extremist action.

Kirilin admitted to journalists that he had posted critical materials about Putin on his Livejournal blog and other Internet forums in 2006, but denied the extremism charges.

He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.