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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Natalya Sharina spent two nights in a police cell and is currently under house arrest after “extremist books” were allegedly found in the library where she works. She is a prisoner of conscience and could face up to five years in prison.
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