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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Journalist Is Released

Russian journalist Nikolai Goshko, who was sentenced to five years in prison for criminal defamation, has been released after serving less than three months, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said.

A court in Smolensk convicted Goshko after he defamed three local officials in a 2000 radio broadcast, saying they had masterminded the murder of an editor of a radio station. Prosecutors switched to a lesser charge of criminal insult, CPJ said Wednesday.