Listok and Novy Fokus Editors-In-Chief Arrested by Russian Authorities

The Editors-In-Chief of Listok and Novy Fokus have been arrested by Russian authorities for allegedly spreading fake news about the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine.

Mikhail Afanasyev, the editor-in-chief of online journal Novy Fokus, in Abakan, Republic of Khakassia, and Sergei Mikhaylov, the founder of Listok, a newspaper based in Gorno-Altaysk, Republic of Altay have both been arrested for allegedly disseminating “knowingly false information about the Russian Armed Forces”

“Mikhailov has been charged with committing two crimes under paragraph ‘e’ of Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. On the basis of the investigator’s petition, the court chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention,” said the press service of the regional investigation department of the Russian Investigative Committee.

Amnesty International condemned the move and said Russia is doing anything it can to silence journalists. 

“The Russian authorities’ crackdown on independent media is escalating at breakneck speed. Evidently unsatisfied with merely blocking critical news sites or forcing reporters into exile, the Kremlin now seeks to incarcerate journalists who report on anti-war protests or Russian soldiers who refuse to fight in Ukraine,” said Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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