Legal Case of the Week: YouTuber Andrei Pyzh remanded in custody on charges of ‘illegally obtaining and disseminating state secrets.’

Week-ending 14 August 2020

YouTube screenshot via The Barents Observer

On Wednesday, 12 August 2020, a court in Moscow said Russian YouTuber Andrei Pyzh, who filmed industrial sites and abandoned facilities, had been remanded in custody on Thursday, 6 August 2020, until October on charges of illegally obtaining and disseminating state secrets. RFE/RL reports Andrei Pyzh, whose YouTube channel has nearly 800,000 followers, could face up to eight years in jail if found guilty. It was not immediately clear whether he had denied the accusation or not. In his videos, Pyzh visited sites including abandoned bunkers and a functioning radar station used for Russia’s nuclear strike early-warning system, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported.

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