Criminal proceedings initiated against former Belsat contributor in Russia’s Krasnodar

Аlexander Saveliev, a journalist and activist from Krasnodar

A criminal case has been opened against Alexander Saveliev, a former contributor to Belsat TV.

The Krasnodarsk-based journalist is accused of cooperating with an udesirable organization (Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code), which may be punishable by a fine, compulsory community service or even imprisonment for up to six years.

Savelyev, who started working for MBK media launched by exiled Russian businessman and political figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky, is out of reach; his parents’ home is being searched.

The journalist has been taken to the Investigative Committee, Alexei Avanesyan, a lawyer of the Right 45 project, said on Facebook.

Earlier, Savelyev was summoned to the prosecutor’s office over the news item about the Open Russia organization’s appeal to the State Duma with a request to finance the construction of schools in Krasnodar from the federal budget.

Moreover, the Investigation Committee is conducting a search in the office of the initiative ‘Environmental Watch in North Caucasus, OVD-info reports. According to Saveliev’s Telegram channel, its coordinator Andrey Rudomakha, who had once appeared in Belsat TV news story about PM Dmitry Medvedev’s alleged property by the Black Sea, was detained as well.

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