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The lawyer filed a petition to terminate the criminal case against Ismail Ramazanov, accused of extremism

10 January 2019

Lawyer Alexey Ladin, defending the interests of Ismail Ramazanov, who in the occupied Crimea is accused of inciting hatred and enmity through the Zello Internet radio, filed a petition to stop criminal prosecution of his client under article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and to exclude him from the list of extremists and terrorists. This is reported on the website "Krym.Realii".

In the petition, the defense refers to the Russian law on partial decriminalization of Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, adopted by the State Duma at the end of December 2018.

"In accordance with this law, criminal prosecution is possible in case if a person was previously brought to administrative responsibility for a similar act during the year. Ramazanov was not previously  involved in criminal, administrative or extremist cases", - the petition says.

The defense also asks the investigation to send  a statement to Rusfinmonitoring about the exclusion of Ramazanov from the list of extremists and terrorists.

Earlier, the lawyer Alexey Ladin filed a petition for termination of criminal prosecution against Elina Mamedova, who in the occupied Crimea is accused of inciting hatred and enmity for reposting several entries on the social network VKontakte.

Ismail Ramazanov was detained on January 23, 2018 after a search in his house in the village Novy Mir of Simferopol region. He was charged with promoting extremism: the dissemination of information inciting ethnic hatred and inter-religious hatred. According to the prosecution, he allegedly spread information through the Internet radio Zello.

On July 14, 2018, Ismail Ramazanov was released from the detention center.

On August 2, it became known that the criminal case against Ramazanov was returned for additional investigation.