Russia places Ukrainian journalist Gordon on wanted list

Russian police have added Dmitry Gordon, a prominent Ukrainian journalist, to their wanted list months after he became one of the first non-Russians to be charged under new laws cracking down on war reporting in Ukraine.

Gordon appeared in the Russian Interior Ministry’s wanted persons database on Tuesday.

But specific criminal charges related to his placement on the wanted list have yet to be made public four months after authorities opened charges against him, according to Interfax.

Russia’s highest investigative authority in March open criminal charges against Gordon for “fake news” about the Russian military, public calls for war against Russia and ethnic hatred.

“Gordon called for an armed attack on Russia and a war of aggression using nuclear weapons,” the Russian investigative committee wrote in a March 21 statement.

Gordon hosts interviews with public figures on two YouTube channels from his home in Kyiv with a combined number of more than 5 million subscribers.

Russian financial authorities blacklisted Gordon as a designated “terrorist and extremist” in April, freezing his assets held in Russia.

At least 200 people, including foreign citizens, are facing criminal charges in Russia for statements denouncing Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, according to human rights lawyers.

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