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    Report: Russia Holds Scores of Political Prisoners

    Citing an “ever-increasing array of laws specifically designed to criminalize acts of everyday life,” a new report by a Washington-based law firm indicates that Russia currently holds at least 236 political prisoners. These “notoriously vague” laws, like one against insulting people’s religious feelings, are part of a Kremlin effort to broaden its targets — which now include LGBT activists and religious and ethnic leaders in addition to political opponents.

    Who’s been locked up the longest? Former oil executive Alexei Pichugin has been jailed since 2003, convicted on murder charges critics believe were aimed at wresting the company away from private ownership.

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