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Tatarstan's Outspoken Activist Gets One-Year-In-Prison Suspended Sentence

A well-known Tatar writer, activist, and leader of the self-proclaimed pan-Tatar Milli Mejlis (National Assembly) has received a suspended one-year prison sentence on charges of inciting ethnic hatred.

The Chally City Court on October 2 found Fauziya Bayramova (eds: a woman) guilty and handed down its sentence.

The court also barred Bayramova from changing her residence in the city of Chally in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan for one year.

Bayramova pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, saying that the case was politically motivated.

Bayramova was charged after she posted two articles to her Facebook page in February condemning Russia's moves toward the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.