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Russia: Senator Wants Criminal Case Against Satirical Blogger

Novgorod Senator Dmitri Krivitskii has accused [ru] local blogger Vadim Beriashvili of violating the Russian criminal code's infamous Article 282 [en], alleging that he incited hatred against “a social group” when he wrote [ru] facetiously in April 2012 about Senator Krivitskii's suspiciously low income declaration. After local investigators questioned Beriashvili, he responded by filing his own claim [ru] against Krivitskii for a knowingly false denunciation. Beriashvili recommends countersuits using the false denunciation [en] legal tactic as a defense for other bloggers targeted with violations of Article 282.

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