Russian blogger found guilty of extremism, fined $8,000

Nosik who holds Russian-Israeli citizenship pleaded not guilty. Photo: Anton Nosik awaits the verdict in the courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on Oct. 3.

Nosik who holds Russian-Israeli citizenship pleaded not guilty. Photo: Anton Nosik awaits the verdict in the courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on Oct. 3.

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Popular blogger Anton Nosik was fined $8,000 after he has published an article titled 'To wipe Syria off the map.'

A Moscow court found popular Russian blogger Anton Nosik guilty of posting online extremist materials and fined him 500,000 rubles (some $8,000) on Oct. 3.

According to investigators, Nosik published a blog post titled "To wipe Syria off the map" on Oct. 1, 2015 with the purpose of inciting ethnic hatred.

"The court found Nosik guilty of violating Part 2 of Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code (inciting hatred or enmity, as well as humiliation of human dignity)," the judge said.

The court also cancelled travel restrictions imposed on Nosik during the investigation.

Nosik who holds Russian-Israeli citizenship pleaded not guilty. The prosecution was seeking a two-year penal colony sentence for the blogger.

Source: TASS

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