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Russian activist arrested for posts on social networks


Pavel Shekhtman, a well-known civic activist and critic of the current Russian regime has been detained in Moscow.  Kasparov.ru reports that via the lawyer whom the police appointed, Shekhtman explained that the investigators’ interest in him is over publications in social networks.

The website Grani.ru which has published Shekhtman’s articles tried to contact the temporary police centre where Shekhtman is being held, but the officers there refused to give any comment.

The 47-year-old activist was recently in the public eye after being beaten up by members of ‘Other Russia’  - the party founded by National Bolshevik Party leader Edward Limonov. 

The attack on him the Other Russia thugs explained  was over a post on Shekhtman’s facebook page where the latter criticized Limonov’s negative attitude to EuroMaidan.   Limonov has also since been totally in support of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, and a number of his supporters are believed to be fighting with the Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas. 

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