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Crimea: Criminal case launched against US journalist inciting terror

The Russian Investigative Committee (RIC) has opened a criminal case against the American journalist Tom Rogan, who implored the Ukraine to blow up the Crimean Bridge.

Published: May 19, 2018, 5:15 am

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    “A criminal case has been opened against US citizen Tom Rogan who published an article titled “Ukraine should blow up Putin’s Crimea bridge” calling for the destruction of the Crimean Bridge by bombing it,” Svetlana Petrenko, the official representative of the Russian RIC, announced.

    According to RIC “there are signs of public calls for terrorist activity on Russian territory, which is a crime under Article 205 of the Criminal Code”.

    FWM reported on the call by Rogan to bomb the Kerch Strait bridge.

    Rogan not only advised Ukraine to blow up a recently constructed bridge between the Crimean Peninsula and mainland Russia, but also called on the US to support such an act. Rogan even provided a link  to another one of his masterpieces with the title: “Don’t Worry, the US Would Win a Nuclear War With Russia.”

    The Russian Embassy in the US issued a statement in which they deplored the open call for violence against a state, saying that “freedom of speech cannot justify incitement to commit terrorist acts”.

    A comprehensive psycho-linguistic examination of the opinion piece in the weekly Internet magazine Washington Examiner led to the charges against the journalist on Thursday, Sputnik News reported.

    The RIC also opened a criminal case against an editor from the same media outlet. Hugo Gurdon had agreed on the text of the article by Rogan, which called for the destruction of the Crimean Bridge.

    President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov called the piece “madness” and confirmed that the Russian government had opened a criminal investigation against Rogan.

    But Rogan, who describes himself as an “American with a British accent” seemed unconcerned about the Russian response on his blog.

    Instead, he accused Russia for the downing of MH17 in a fact-free rant. “The most notable act of terrorism in recent Ukrainian history is the downing of passenger airliner MH17, committed by Russian agents with Russian weapons.”

    On 21 March 2018, the Dutch government sent legislation to parliament, allowing the suspects involved in the downing of MH17 to be prosecuted in the Netherlands under Dutch law. No charges against Russia or Russians have been filed since the crash in 2014.

    The British Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament released a 122-page report on 20 December 2017, the first to accuse Russia outright of orchestrating an attack, but strangely it does not state the MH17 plane as the intended target.

     

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