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Blogger who criticized Russian Church seeks political asylum in Estonia

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=9655 06 August 2012, 15:03 Blogger who criticized Russian Church seeks political asylum in Estonia Petrozavodsk,
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      06 August 2012, 15:03
      Blogger who criticized Russian Church seeks political asylum in Estonia

      Petrozavodsk, August 6, Interfax - Blogger Maxim Yefimov, who is
      prosecuted for publications on the Russian Orthodox Church, is seeking
      political asylum in Estonia, the interregional human rights association
      Agora told Interfax on Monday.

      "Maxim Yefimov turned to the Estonian police and border protection
      department asking for temporary political asylum. He told us about that
      today," the Agora, which represents the blogger's interests in the
      criminal case opened against him, said.

      "Estonia joined the 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees and
      its 1967 New York Protocol in 1997. I have obtained an ID of a person
      seeking asylum," an Agora representative quoted Yefimov's report as saying.

      The criminal case against Yefimov was opened on the basis of a report
      made by the head of an investigations department on March 7, 2012. The
      blogger is suspected of "fanning hatred or feud and belittling the
      dignity of a group of persons based on religious affiliation."
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