Grigory Pasko, military reporter for Boyevaya Vakhta (Battle Watch), the newspaper of the Russian Pacific Fleet, was released by the Russian Pacific Fleet military court on 20 July 1999, but was not fully acquitted. The military court found that the prosecution had been unable to produce evidence to support the charges of espionage and revealing state secrets (Article 275 of the Russian Criminal Code), and dropped these charges against him.
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Russia: Imprisoned Activist Must Be Released Immediately (UA 66/14)
The Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic has ruled that the term of Ruslan Kutaev’s imprisonment must be reduced by two months but did not quash his conviction. Ruslan Kutaev is a prisoner of conscience.
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