27 Oct 2016 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 01 Apr 2015 Russian Federation

Investigative Journalist Sergei Reznik Handed a 3-Year Jail Term for ‘Insults’ Charges in Russia

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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Sergei Reznik is well known for his journalistic investigations into the administration of the Rostov province, led by Governor Vasily Golubev. On 26 November 2013, he was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of ‘publicly insulting” on the online blog LiveJournal the chairwoman and judge of the Rostov Oblast Arbitration Court. The reporter denounced this charge as fabricated. On 22 January 2015, he was convicted of insulting and misleading authorities. The Leninsky District Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced him to a three-year jail term in a prison colony. The court also banned Reznik from practicing journalism for two years. The journalist denied the accusations and has always maintained his innocence.
Updates
27 Oct 2016
On 26 October 2016, Sergei Reznik was released after three years in jail.
Follow-ups
22 Jan 2015
OSCE Representative denounces conviction of independent journalist and blogger in Russia
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