Russian Activist App Developer Held In Yekaterinburg For Possession Of Ecstasy

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His arrest comes amid growing concern among activists that the Russian authorities are using drugs charges to target campaigners behind troublesome initiatives especially concerning the police. Kremlin critics say drugs charges are routinely used in Russia to silence rights activists or to settle scores with opponents in disputes. Litreyevs defense asked for house arrest but prosecutors argued the suspect wasnt registered in Russia and was a flight risk. According to prosecutors and both went to purchase the pills that he had ordered online. His company has also provided access to a proxy server that allowed users to bypass a firewall imposed by the Russian authorities that prevented access to the encrypted messaging app Telegram. After its release Russias telecommunications regulator issued a warning to Litreyev saying his proxy server could be blocked for extremism. The verdict sparked a huge outcry with rights groups saying the young men had been convicted of organising a non era practices. The Liberal Mission Foundation said that while the case targeted a minority it posed an existential threat to entire Russian society

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