Russian media editor arrested in Latvia — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union

Sputnik Lithuania’s Marat Kasem has been charged with espionage and faces up to 20 years behind bars

Latvia has arrested the editor of the Lithuanian branch of the Russian news agency Sputnik. Marat Kasem has been placed in police custody by court order, his lawyer announced on Thursday.

The journalist is accused of violating EU sanctions and charged with espionage, reports Sputnik.

Kasem’s lawyer, Imma Jansone, has not yet been able to review the documents in her case, according to the outlet. Jansone asked the court to release the journalist on bail but a judge decided to keep him in custody. Kasem was immediately transferred to Riga Central Prison on Thursday.

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