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Russian Math Teacher Freed From House Arrest, Still Faces Terror Charge

Dmitry Bogatov has maintained his innocence and says he has an alibi.
Dmitry Bogatov has maintained his innocence and says he has an alibi.

A Moscow math instructor accused of trying to spark riots with Internet posts including a Kanye West rap video has been released from house arrest but still faces charges.

Dmitry Bogatov, who teaches at the Moscow Financial and Judicial University, can leave his home but is now under court order to remain in the capital, lawyer Sarkis Darbinyan said.

He said the charges -- calling for terrorism and attempting to incite mass disorder -- remained in place.

Bogatov was arrested in April 2017 after the authorities blamed him for calls for rallies in downtown Moscow that circulated on the Internet in March.

Investigators claimed that Bogatov used software that made it impossible to trace the posts to him.

Bogatov spent first three months after his arrest in jail and was then placed under house arrest, which expired on January 31.

Bogatov has maintained his innocence and said he had an alibi.

On January 24, Darbinyan said that forensics tests had not confirmed that Bogatov's laptops and memory cards contained any illegal material or evidence linking him to the alleged crimes.

With reporting by RFE/RL's Russian Service, Rapsinews, Mediazona, and TASS
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