The 40-year-old Putin critic, who escaped two poisons in 2015 and 2017, said he was planned by the Kremlin in retaliation for his advocacy of Western sanctions against the Russian government.
Russia has twice denied that Kara was the poison that drove Kara-Mursa into a coma. But inquiries by independent organizations found that he was being pursued by members of the same federal agency that allegedly poisoned imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and at least three opposition figures.
His wife, Evgenia Kara-Mursa, called for his immediate release in a tweet late Monday. “Russian authorities have twice tried to kill my husband for advocating sanctions against thieves and murderers, and now they want to imprison him for calling their bloody war a war,” he wrote.
Kara-Mursa was a longtime colleague of the late Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated outside the Kremlin in 2015. Kara-Mursa is a writer, documentary director and former candidate of the Russian Parliament and he has served as Vice President. A political organization, the People’s Freedom Party.
In 2012, the United States, the European Union, Canada and the United Kingdom played a key role in enacting the so-called Magnitsky Act, which seeks to target individuals who are complicit in human rights abuses in Russia and elsewhere.
There is Kara-Mursa He wrote dozens of columns criticizing the Russian government To the Post’s global comments section for the past few years – including a critique of the Kremlin’s latest Repression of the independent media And disagreement. Last month, the Russian parliament passed a law imposing up to 15 years in prison for spreading “fake” news about the military, including calling the invasion of Ukraine an “invasion.”
“One by one, the media dared to report honestly on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, their signals were cut off and their websites blocked,” Kara-Mursa wrote on March 7.
The Post’s publisher Fred Ryan released a statement on Tuesday praising Kara-Mursa’s courage. “Following the poisoning and other serious threats, this outrageous blockade is the latest step in Vladimir Putin’s continued efforts to silence Kara-Mursa and cover up the truth about Putin’s atrocities in the name of the Russian people,” Ryan said. “No one should be deceived by the false accusations and slanders of the Russian government. Kara-Mursa should be released immediately.”
Kara-Mursa was one of the few dissidents to stay in Russia after the war and media repression. “The greatest gift we can give to the Kremlin is that we can give up and run for those who are against Putin’s regime,” he said in an interview with CNN Plus, the network’s new streaming service. “It simply came to our notice then.
The Russian human rights group OVD-Info said Kara-Mursa was arrested on the same day and detained for 15 days on “administrative imprisonment”.
He was charged with “misbehaving in the eyes of police officers, changing the direction of his movement, accelerating his pace and trying to cover up if told to stop.” OVD-Info quoted Kara-Mursa’s security team as saying he was getting out of a car near his home.
Kara-Mursa is the third author of The Post to face arrest and harassment at the hands of foreign government in recent years.
Jamal Kashoki, a Saudi writer and dissident, was a contributor to global comments when he was assassinated by Saudi agents at the country’s embassy in Istanbul in October 2018. The CIA concluded that Saudi Arabia had ordered the assassination of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Kashoghi, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed the decision after a six-month investigation.
Jason ResionThe Post correspondent, who was in Tehran from 2012 to 2016, spent 544 days in prison in Iran before being released in early 2016. Rezion is now the author of Global Comments
CNN, which aired the interview with Kara-Mursa, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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