Russian blogger arrested for illegal access to state secrets

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A Russian blogger, best known for his videos of Russian nuclear power plants, has been arrested for illegally accessing state secrets, detainee rights activist Marina Litvinovich told AFP on Wednesday.

Andrei Pyj, 35-year-old video blogger, “is accused of illegal access to information classified as state secret and of its dissemination outside Russia,” said Ms. Litvinovich, member of a Russian prison monitoring NGO. , who visited him the day before in his cell.

He was arrested a week ago and faces between three and eight years in prison, according to the same source.

The Mechchansky court in Moscow ordered the remand in custody of Andrei Pyj on August 6, according to the website of the court.

Mr. Pyj’s “urbanturizm” channel, followed by 786,000 subscribers on Youtube, notably offers video reports filmed in Russian nuclear power stations, both active and abandoned, in metro tunnels or even in a disused uranium mine in the south. from Russia.

One of the reports also shows a Russian warning radar station, built in Soviet times near Murmansk (north-west).

Several videos, shot in Pripyat, Ukraine, also recount what the blogger describes as his “illegal trip” to the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl plant, the scene of the worst nuclear disaster in history in 1986.

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