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The investigation showed the Russian journalist and politician Vladimir Kara-Murza a new accusation – of carrying out the activities of an “undesirable organization” (part 1 of article 284.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). More on Thursday, July 4th posted on Facebook his lawyer Vadim Prokhorov. According to the lawyer, Kara-Murze is charged with the fact that on October 27, 2021 he held an annual conference in support of Russian political prisoners at the Sakharov Center in Moscow. According to the Investigative Committee, the event was sponsored by the NGO Free Russia Foundation.

“1984” Orwell?? No – “Russia – 2022″ Putin!!” – wrote Prokhorov.

Vladimir Kara-Murza left the post of vice president of this organization in August 2021 in order to be able to continue his activities in the Russian Federation. According to Russian law, those who have voluntarily ceased cooperation with an “undesirable organization” are exempted from liability.

Kara-Murza was accused of spreading fake news about the Russian army

About being against the opposition a new criminal case on part 1 of Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code “On the activities of a foreign or international non-governmental organization recognized as undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation,” his lawyer said on July 27. At the same time, the decision to initiate a case was not handed over to the lawyers.

Kara-Murza is in custody since April 22, 2022 on charges of spreading fake news about the Russian army. The reason for this was the politician’s speech in the Arizona House of Representatives on March 15. In his speech, Kara-Murza, in particular, said: “Today the whole world sees what the Putin regime is doing with Ukraine. It is dropping bombs on residential areas, on hospitals and schools.” On this charge, he faces a prison term of 5 to 10 years.

The politician himself does not admit his guilt and calls the case politically motivated. More than 40 famous people vouched for Kara-Murza, including the Nobel Prize winner, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov, the widow of writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn Natalia Solzhenitsyna, ex-chairman of the Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky, writer Boris Akunin, former editor-in-chief ” Ekho Moskvy” Alexey Venediktov, a number of deputies of the Moscow City Duma and municipal districts of Moscow.

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