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Russia finds Yashin guilty over Ukraine criticism

And of spreading "false information" about military intervention

09 December, 12:55
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, DEC 9 - A Russian court found opposition figure Ilya Yashin guilty on Friday of spreading "false information" about Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, the highest-profile conviction under new legislation criminalising criticism of the campaign. The 39-year-old Moscow councillor is just the latest in a long line of Kremlin critics to have been sidelined in recent years, a crackdown that intensified after the conflict began in February. Wearing a white sweatshirt and handcuffed, Yashin smiled and waved to his family during the session, an AFP journalist reported from the court. Judge Oksana Goryunova said Yashin had committed a crime by disseminating "knowingly false information about Russia's Armed Forces". In April, he had described the alleged murder of civilians in Bucha as a "massacre", referring to a town near the capital Kyiv where civilians were found killed after Russian forces pulled back. (ANSA-AFP).

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