Incendiary Blogger's Case is Sent to Court

Prosecutors in the Komi republic said Wednesday they had sent to court the case of blogger Savva Terentyev, who is facing up to two years in prison for an incendiary blog post about police officers.

Terentyev, 22, was charged in August with inciting hatred against officials for a February 2007 post on a LiveJournal blog in which he said police officers should be "periodically set on fire" on the main squares of the country's cities.

Regional prosecutors sent the case to the Syktyvkar City Court in the republic's capital on March 7, Svetlana Korovchenko, a spokeswoman for the regional branch of the Investigative Committee, said by telephone Wednesday.

"The case will probably go to trial in about two weeks," Korovchenko said.

Reached on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon, Terentyev referred all questions to Ernest Mezak, a local human rights activist.

"We consider the prosecutors' position illegal," Mezak said. "There is no crime in Terentyev's actions. Maybe he just violated moral or ethical norms."

Terentyev would not comment on his case to prevent reporters from encountering problems with law enforcement authorities, which have questioned several journalists who have interviewed the blogger, Mezak said.