Dagestani weekly accused of “extremism”

Authorities in Russia’s republic of Dagestan are trying to close down an opposition weekly under charges of “extremism.” The republic’s supreme court is examining charges against the weekly Chernovik, accused of “inciting hatred” against law enforcement officials. The charges relate to an article titles “Terrorists Number One”, published in July 2008, which contained quotes from Rappani Khalilov, former leader of the Shariat Jamaat in Dagestan. Chernovik is one of Dagestan’s most popular newspapers and the third-largest newspaper in terms of circulation.


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