A Russian military blogger who has frequently been critical of the way the campaign in Ukraine has been conducted has been arrested in Moscow, according to state news agency RIA Novosti.
"A criminal case was opened against the administrator of the Moscow Calling telegram channel Andrey Kurshin for fake news about the Russian army," RIA Novosti said.
Moscow imposed harsh penalties on spreading "fake news" about the military shortly after it invaded Ukraine, amid a brutal crackdown on dissent.
"While he is being held as a suspect, the case is being investigated by Moscow investigators," the agency said, citing law enforcement agencies.
The Telegram channel of Moscow Calling has some 87,000 subscribers.
The Institute for the Study of War notes that Kurshin is not a mainstream blogger but an ultra-nationalist who "commonly attacks many aspects of Russia’s military conduct of the war in Ukraine while supporting the ultranationalist goals underpinning the war itself."
ISW said that "the wider Russian ultranationalist information space welcomed Kurshin’s arrest and noted that he routinely discredited the Russian military."
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