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Russian Journalist Arrested Over Making Videos For Alexei Navalny: Report

Other jailed journalists include Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich (representative)

The Associated Press International News Agency reported on Sunday that another Russian journalist was detained in Russia on charges of “extremism” for allegedly making a video for the team of late opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Sergei Karelin, who worked for the Associated Press, became the second journalist to be arrested on such charges, following Konstantin Gabov, who sometimes worked for the Reuters news agency, and was detained on Saturday.

“The Associated Press is extremely concerned about the detention of Russian video journalist Sergei Karelin,” the agency told AFP. “We are requesting additional information.”

Gabov, who also works for Russian television stations Moscow 24 and MIR and the Belarusian news agency Belsat, according to media reports, will remain in pretrial detention until at least June 27, the court’s press office announced on Telegram.

According to the court, Karelin and Gabov are accused of helping prepare a video to be published on the YouTube channel Navalny Live, a platform used by Navalny’s team.

Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic, died under mysterious circumstances in an Arctic prison in February.

His movement has been designated as “extremist” and its staff and supporters are subject to prosecution.

Most of Mr. Navalny’s supporters are in exile or serving long prison sentences.

Russian authorities have stepped up pressure on independent and foreign media in recent months to silence opposition voices following attacks on Ukraine.

In March, photographer Antonina Kravtsova was also detained on charges of “extremism” after frequently covering Navalny’s trial for SOTA Vision. SOTA Vision is one of the few news organizations documenting political repression in Russia and is considered a “foreign agent” by authorities.

Sergei Mingazov, a Russian journalist who works for the Russian version of Forbes Media, was detained on Friday on suspicion of spreading “false information” about human rights violations by the military in Ukraine.

Other jailed journalists include Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who faces charges of spying that he and U.S. authorities reject.

Ars Kurmasheva, a Russian-American journalist working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, has been in prison since October for failing to register as a “foreign agent” as required by authorities.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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