This week in Russia – Set free

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This week in Russia - Set free

Set free

Russian blockchain expert Pavel Lerner was freed by his abductors in Ukraine last Friday.Mr Lerner, 40, a leading analyst at cryptocurrency company Exmo, was kidnapped on Boxing Day while leaving his office in Kiev’s Obolon district.
According to Ukrainian media reports, Mr Lerner was “thrown out on a motorway” by his abductors.

Predominantly political
A Russian court has sentenced UK-based financier Bill Browder – a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin – to nine years’ jail in absentia. Interpol has rejected repeated requests from Russian prosecutors to help them arrest Mr Browder – it says the case against him is “predominantly political in nature”.

Back in touch
Russian scientists restored communications with a satellite days after they lost contact with it. Angosat-1 was launched on Boxing Day and just hours later, Russian ground control staff said they were no longer receiving data from it. It comes soon after Russia revealed “programming errors” led to the loss of another multi-million-euro satellite.

Fake news
In the week between Christmas and New Year, more than 50 sites in 30 Russian cities, including five airports and some government offices were evacuated following bomb threats that later proved to be fake.

Giving up
Nikolai philipchenko, an officer of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), has withdrawn his appeal against a Lithuanian court’s decision to sentence him to ten years in prison for spying.Lithuanian law-enforcement bodies say Philipchenko sought to recruit officers from Lithuania’s VIP Protection Department to bug President Dalia Grybauskaite at her home and office.

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