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Activist from ex-oligarch Khodorkovsky's Open Russia could get 15 years behind bars for involvement in Belarus riots, says lawyer

Posted On: Aug 13, 2020   |   Posted By: RT

Activist from ex-oligarch Khodorkovsky's Open Russia could get 15 years behind bars for involvement in Belarus riots, says lawyer

An activist from Open Russia, a political group controlled by the former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has been detained in Minsk for involvement in “mass riots,” and is facing the possibility of a lengthy jail sentence.
That's according to his lawyer Anton Gashinsky, who told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that the penalty is “between eight and 15 years in prison.”
Russian citizen Artyom Vazhenkov was arrested in the capital of Belarus on August 11, along with fellow activist Igor Rogov. Rogov was later released on the condition that he immediately leave the country and return to Russia, but Vazhenkov is still locked up.
“He covered the Belarusian election and published a video on polling day, and did not take part in anything illegal,” wrote Anastasia Burakova, Open Russia's chairperson. She also claimed that Vazhenkov was severely beaten.
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