EThis 47-year-old Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalist was detained in the Russian Federation in October 2023 for failing to register as a “foreign agent”, a defamatory description that imposes on people or entities targeted heavy administrative limitations.

According to RFE/RL, the journalist is also accused of spreading “false information” about the Russian military, which is punishable by a 15-year prison sentence.

Today, his “provisional detention was extended until August 5th” during a closed-door hearing,” Roumia Moubarakzanova, spokeswoman for the Sovetski court in Kazan, capital of the republic of Tatarstan, told AFP by telephone.

The journalist lived in Prague, with her husband and two teenage daughters, when she traveled to the Russian Federation to visit her mother, who was ill, on May 20, 2023.

Afterwards, he cannot return, since his passports, from the Russian Federation and the USA, were seized from him.

Alsu Kurmasheva, who started working at RFE/RL in 1998, works for the Bashkir and Tatar language services in republics in the Volga and Ural regions.

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