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Famous Russian blogger’s sentence for extremism appealed

Moscow’s Presnensky District Court has registered an appeal against sentence handed down to famous Russian blogger Anton Nosik in extremism case, the court’s spokesperson Anna Pylina told RAPSI on Tuesday.

The court on Monday ordered Nosik to pay a fine of 500,000 rubles (about $8,000) for extremist statements.

As previously reported, a criminal case against Nosik was opened after he had posted an article called “To wipe Syria off the map” on the Internet. He was charged with incitement of hatred or enmity as well as violation of human dignity.

The blogger has pleaded not guilty insisting that the distributed information was his private opinion.

Nosik is a popular Russian blogger and startup manager. He earlier acted as an editor in various outstanding online news media outlets, a manager of Rambler search engine and blog office of Russian media company SUP which owns LiveJournal social networking service.