Russia won't tell me what crime I committed, says jailed ex-journalist

Ivan Safronov, held for seven months on high treason charges, told to try to ‘recall’ any misdemeanoursA Russian former journalist held for seven months on treason charges has described a Kafkaesque legal process in which he has not been told the substance of the charges against him because they are secret.In an interview from prison, Ivan Safronov said his family had been named witnesses in the case in an attempt to isolate him and pressure him to plead guilty. “No one must hear my voice – it’s a threat to national security, nothing less,” he said in his first extended remarks since his arrest, published in the Kommersant newspaper. Continue reading...

Russia won't tell me what crime I committed, says jailed ex-journalist

Ivan Safronov, held for seven months on high treason charges, told to try to ‘recall’ any misdemeanours

A Russian former journalist held for seven months on treason charges has described a Kafkaesque legal process in which he has not been told the substance of the charges against him because they are secret.

In an interview from prison, Ivan Safronov said his family had been named witnesses in the case in an attempt to isolate him and pressure him to plead guilty. “No one must hear my voice – it’s a threat to national security, nothing less,” he said in his first extended remarks since his arrest, published in the Kommersant newspaper.

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