(Reuters) – Four journalists who worked for a Moscow student magazine were sentenced on Tuesday to two years of hard labor by a Russian court for encouraging minors to take part in anti-Kremlin protests, the Interfax news agency reported. .
Independent outlet DOXA was established by students and university graduates of the Moscow Higher School of Economics in 2017, covering student life, higher education, politics and science.
Police arrested the four journalists in April 2021 after raiding the magazine’s editorial office.
The raid coincided with a crackdown on allies of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, whose arrest and jailing in early 2021 sparked several nationwide protests that police say were illegal and broke out by strength.
DOXA said at the time its reporters were arrested over a music video in which the outlet claimed it was illegal for universities to expel students for participating in pro-Navalny protests.
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He said he took down the video at the request of the state media regulator.
The sentence pronounced by the Dorogomilovsky District Court of Moscow does not imply a prison sentence.
The court also banned the four from administering internet resources for three years, Interfax reported, adding that they would appeal the verdict.
(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Mike Harrison)
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