ASTANA (TCA) — A court in Kazakhstan’s northern city of Petropavlovsk has sentenced a man to two years in prison on charges of inciting ethnic hatred via the Internet, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reports.
Regional anti-extremism directorate chief Ruslan Mukhambetzhanov told journalists that Sergei Khandogin, a 45-year-old Petropavlovsk resident, had pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced on November 13.
Prosecutors said at the trial that in several posts on the Russian-based social network Odnoklassniki, Khandogin “used negative words insulting ethnic Kazakhs” and cited material that “distorts historic facts.”
Petropavlovsk is the capital of the North Kazakhstan region, which borders Russia, and Russian …read more
Source: The Times of Central Asia