Russian Anti-War Sociologist Charged With ‘Justifying Terrorism’

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Boris Kagarlitsky, a Russian sociologist and Marxist theorist who has openly opposed Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, has been detained on charges of “justifying terrorism” online, his lawyer said Wednesday.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) transferred Kagarlitsky to the city of Syktyvkar in northwestern Russia’s republic of Komi, where the case against him is being investigated, according to the state-run TASS news agency.

Kagarlitsky, a professor at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, faces up to seven years in prison under Russia’s laws on  “justifiying terrorism.”

“Professor Kagarlitsky has never supported or justified terrorism in his activities,” the sociologist’s lawyer Sergei Yerokhov told reporters, adding that his client denies the charges.

“The purpose of all his speeches is to show the real problems the Russian state is facing,” Yerokhov added.

A Syktyvkar court is scheduled to rule on Kagarlitsky’s pre-trial detention on Thursday, according to Rabkor, a leftist publication and YouTube channel where Kagarlitsky serves as editor-in-chief.

Kagarlitsky has opposed Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine while remaining in the country.

He serves as director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements, which Russia’s Justice Ministry designated as a “foreign agent” in 2018.

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