Russian court jails blogger for five years for 'extremist' posts [Reuters]


#1

Russian court jails blogger for five years for ‘extremist’ posts

A Russian court on Wednesday sentenced a blogger to five years in jail for what it said was his extremist activity on the Internet after he urged people to attend a protest against high transport fares and criticized Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Vadim Tyumenstev, 35, from the Siberian region of Tomsk, was also banned from using the Internet for three years in a case which Russian human rights activists said violated his rights to a proper defense.

Tyumentsev irked local authorities in Tomsk with a series of blogs in which he accused them of corruption and incompetence. He had also sharply criticized pro-Kremlin separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying he did not see why ordinary Russians should go and fight with them.

A statement from Tomsk’s regional court said Tyumentsev had urged people to overthrow the authorities, a reference to an appeal he made for people to attend an unsanctioned meeting to protest against a hike in local bus fares.

He had also urged people to take hostile action against Ukrainian refugees, the court said, referring to a video in which he complained about their presence in Tomsk and said they should be deported.

reuters.com/article/us-russia-blogger-idUSKBN0UD16Y20151230


#2

I am skeptical he was jailed for simple criticism or urging people to attend a protest like the first sentence says. I mean, was anyone else involved with organizing a protest jailed? However, if he was inciting violence or treason, then….


#3

He called for an unsanctioned meeting for people to protests hikes in bus fares, he sounds like a very dangerous individual.

One can find out more by web searching for “Vadim Tyumenstev” if one does not believe the story gives enough details.


#4

Vadim Tyumentsev has been under arrest since April 28, 2015. At present a trial in his case is taking place. He is charged under part 2, article 280 (Public calls for extremism with the use of the internet, up to five years in prison), and under Article 282 (Section 1) (Inciting hatred or enmity, and also insulting the dignity of a person or group of people on the basis of their ethnicity or heritage, up to four years in prison).

The reason for opening the criminal case was the publication of two clips on YouTube and his personal page on VKontakte: “Day of people’s anger in Tomsk against lawlessness of officials and minibus drivers” and “Residents of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast – out of Tomsk!”

In the first clip the blogger called on the people of Tomsk to come out for an unauthorised action as a sign of protest against increased prices for riding on minibuses and a decline in the safety of travel. He called the leaders of the city and oblast corrupt and said they were lobbyists. In the second clip Tyumentsev expresses a protest against the fact that refugees and displaced persons from Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast are coming to Tomsk Oblast. He blames them for the armed conflict in their region and for betraying Ukraine, and demands their deportation using offensive language.

groups.rightsinrussia.info/news/memorialhumanrightscentre-1


#5

So as Marco Polo pointed out then there is a wee bit more to the story.


#6

I admitted he was a dangerous individual, he called for a protest against bus fares.

Tyumentsev may have used some offensive language and this justifies 5 years in gaol?

Note, the government is defended, the people are not defended, hence, criticisms that have accused others of being “anti-Russian” really are not true at all, Nemtsov, Gasparov and so on, all people. It seems unfortunately, we see defenses of the government as a norm as if that is what “Russian” means.


#7

Good luck to the great people of Russia and the the rodina in the coming year. Have a great New Year.


#8

And those great people then, include

Boris Nemtsov
Anna Politkovskaya
Alexander Litvinenko
Sergei Magnitsky
Stanislav Markelov
Alexei Devotchenko
abcnews.go.com/International/boris-nemtsov-joins-list-dead-vladimir-putin-critics/story?id=29292143

All critics of the government, all dead under suspicious circumstances and yes, I do think it is on topic, of course, one does not hear of these “Russians” being spoken up for.

And many more in prison.


#9

I often wonder how Mr. Edward Snowden is liking his new country.:smiley:


#10

Actually, there may well be “less to it”;

**The reason for opening the criminal case was the publication of two clips on YouTube and his personal page on VKontakte: “Day of people’s anger in Tomsk against lawlessness of officials and minibus drivers” and “Residents of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast – out of Tomsk!” **

In the first clip the blogger called on the people of Tomsk to come out for an unauthorised action as a sign of protest against increased prices for riding on minibuses and a decline in the safety of travel. He called the leaders of the city and oblast corrupt and said they were lobbyists. In the second clip Tyumentsev expresses a protest against the fact that refugees and displaced persons from Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast are coming to Tomsk Oblast. He blames them for the armed conflict in their region and for betraying Ukraine, and demands their deportation using offensive language.

groups.rightsinrussia.info/news

Youtube clips and possibly, rightful reaction against unsafe vehicles and the illegal aggression in neighboring countries.

He’s not in the Oligarchy or a billionaire, perhaps the wrong kind of Russian to defend.


#11

Or maybe a wee bit less to the story.

**The reason for opening the criminal case was the publication of two clips on YouTube and his personal page on VKontakte: “Day of people’s anger in Tomsk against lawlessness of officials and minibus drivers” and “Residents of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast – out of Tomsk!” **

In the first clip the blogger called on the people of Tomsk to come out for an unauthorised action as a sign of protest against increased prices for riding on minibuses and a decline in the safety of travel. He called the leaders of the city and oblast corrupt and said they were lobbyists. In the second clip Tyumentsev expresses a protest against the fact that refugees and displaced persons from Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast are coming to Tomsk Oblast. He blames them for the armed conflict in their region and for betraying Ukraine, and demands their deportation using offensive language.

groups.rightsinrussia.info/news

Youtube clips and possibly, rightful reaction against unsafe vehicles and the illegal aggression in neighboring countries. Youtube clips, thought crimes. I think the citizens of Russia have too long been the “black hats”.

And some people are looking for a way to defend the government treatment of a human being??

He’s not in the Oligarchy or a billionaire, perhaps the wrong kind of Russian to defend.


#12

Wee is right, and nothing like MP suggested, not according to article quoted.


#13

So Russia isn’t the bastion of Christian values as some on the right present it to be?

I know Russian politics are a different animal than ours but I find it curious when I read adulation of Putin and what he is doing with Russia.


#14

Welcome to the 21st century…

businessinsider.com/teen-justin-carter-faces-trial-and-jail-for-facebook-comment-2013-7?IR=T

*19-year-old Justin Carter could face 10 years in jail for a Facebook comment his family says was sarcastic.

The teen spent his 19th birthday in jail; this is the first time he’s been incarcerated.

A jury in Texas’ Comal County charged the teenager with making a terroristic threat in April, which is considered a third-degree felony. That means Carter could spend ten years in jail for the Facebook comment. The judge also gave him an unusually high bond, $500,000, which his family can’t afford to pay.*

arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2008/06/worldwide-rise-in-the-number-of-blogger-arrests/

Even liberal democracies are not immune; France, Canada, the USA, and UK have all arrested people following their blogging activity since 2004. However, some of these cases might not seem so egregious; last year a blogger was arrested in Los Angeles following his postings about his attraction to young girls, and the beginning of 2008 saw an arrest in the UK after one Gavin Best used his blog to threaten a police officer’s family following his arrest for a large number of thefts.

thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/10/30/2859291/alabama-blogger-arrested-jailed-writing-governors-son/

*Alabama Blogger Arrested, Jailed For Writing About Former Governor’s Son

An Alabama blogger who continued to write about the alleged extramarital affair of a prominent lawyer despite a court order was arrested and jailed last week. He was still being held without bond as of Tuesday, according to reports.*

zdnet.com/article/uk-police-arrests-10-more-over-facebook-posts-inciting-riots/

*UK police arrests 10 more over Facebook posts inciting riots

10 more men have been arrested in connection with messages they posted on Facebook allegedly encouraging people to riot in the UK.In Guernsey, three men were accused of misusing Facebook. They were charged and bailed for allegedly trying to use the social network to incite a riot, which is an offence under the island’s telecommunications law. *


#15

Russophiles are never much bothered by any of this.


#16

Why would Putin be bothered getting rid of opposition, when he has 80% support of his people - much more than Western and other leaders. :shrug:

washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/03/26/putins-approval-rating-hits-80-percent/

If it doesn’t make sense, then it ain’t true…

In addition, because no-one knows who did do it. Take your pick…

edition.cnn.com/2015/03/12/opinions/dougherty-nemtsov-killing-theories/


#17

Agreed, it appears a defense of the government and not about respecting the dignity of the Russian people and add to that a vitriol and an assortment of bad guys and being spoonfed propaganda.

Again, I like to check in to Garry Kasparov’s twitter account frequently, Garry of course, one of the greatest Chess champions ever and born into the USSR along with that name surely being Russian:

twitter.com/Kasparov63?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rferl.org%2Fcontentlive%2Fliveblog%2F26805126.html&tw_i=563420801786195968&tw_p=tweetembed

My news site Kasparov.ru had the honor of being one of the first sites blocked for “extremism”, aka the truth…

This is really about taking back what the conversation is about and the truth rather than the weak accusations that seem to fly about.


#18

They took Snowden to slap America’s face.

Sometimes a story has no good guy.


#19

I hope they free him and expunge his record, he served in the armed forces, as a Marine, we mostly all relate to this yet. It be the Red Army, Russian Federation, US Marine Corps, Foreign Legion, the country he served for has imprisoned him!:dts:


#20

Or carted off to a pysch ward… for ‘alerted’ facebook postings.

huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/brandon-j-raub-marine-detained_n_1817484.html

*RICHMOND, Va. — A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights.

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since FBI, Secret Service agents and police in Virginia’s Chesterfield County questioned him Thursday evening about what they said were ominous posts talking about a coming revolution. In one message earlier this month according to authorities, Raub wrote: “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads.”

Police – acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional – took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell.

He said the action was taken under the state’s emergency custody statute, which allows a magistrate to order the civil detention and psychiatric evaluation of a person who is considered potentially dangerous.

He said Raub was handcuffed because he resisted officers’ attempts to take him into custody. *


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