South Russia editor charged with extremism over poem

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The editor of a paper in south Russia's Krasnodar Territory is to stand trial on charges of extremism after publishing an allegedly racist poem, prosecutors said on Friday.

KRASNODAR, November 13 (RIA Novosti) - The editor of a paper in south Russia's Krasnodar Territory is to stand trial on charges of extremism after publishing an allegedly racist poem, prosecutors said on Friday.

Investigators say that Boris Solomakha, editor of the regional Vesti Slavyan Yuga Rossii (South Russia Slavic News) paper, approved in 2007 the publication of a poem entitled "Be Russian!"

The poem, whose author was only identified as Skvoreshnev, was judged to be insulting and racist with regard to "Jews and Roma." Prosecutors also claim the poem was aimed at stirring up interracial discord.

Solomakha faces five years behind bars if found guilty of the charges.

 

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