Putin Extends Crackdown: Journalists and Dissidents Risk Longer Sentences

From a Wall Street Journal story by Matthew Luxmoore headlined “Russia Turns to Treason Laws as Putin Extends Crackdown”:

Russia is increasingly using treason and espionage laws to smother criticism of the war against Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin’s government widened the scope of the legislation and expanded his crackdown on opponents.

Sentences are often longer than they were before last year’s invasion, Russian lawyers and human-rights defenders say, and prosecutors often add more severe charges including terrorism and extremism to acts of dissent that were previously punished with petty fines or suspended sentences.