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Russian Investigated Over Ukraine-Related Internet Activity

YEKATERINBURG, Russia -- Russian authorities are investigating a woman in the city of Yekaterinburg on suspicion of inciting extremism online after she joined Ukrainian nationalist groups on the Internet.

Yekaterina Vologzhaninova told RFE/RL that investigators had informed her she came under suspicion after she joined groups called Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense and Russian Right Sector via the social network VKontakte.

Vologzhaninova also says that she shared via the Internet several video clips about President Vladimir Putin's yacht, the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, and a Ukrainian talk show about the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

She said that police searched her apartment on December 12 and confiscated her laptop, a tablet, a digital camera, and several CDs.

Investigators questioned her regarding her ethnicity and political views and ordered her not to leave the city pending further investigation.

If charged, tried, and convicted, Vologzhaninova could face up to four years in jail.