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Russian activist Kara-Murza charged with treason for speaking out against war

File: Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian opposition activist, arrives to lay flowers near the place where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, in Moscow, Russia, on February 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
File: Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian opposition activist, arrives to lay flowers near the place where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, in Moscow, Russia, on February 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza — jailed in April for denouncing the Kremlin’s Ukraine offensive — has been charged with high treason, his lawyer tells Russian news agencies.

“Our client has been charged after speaking out critically against the Russian authorities three times, at public events in Lisbon, Helsinki and Washington. These speeches did not pose any threat (to the country), it was public, open criticism,” Kara-Murza’s lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, tells the TASS news agency.

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