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Russian journalist ‘investigating corruption’ arrested for extortion

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Summary of story from RFE/RL, stomach April 19, sale 2011

Police in the southern Russian city of Rostov-na-Donu have arrested the editor of a local newspaper for alleged extortion of government officials, according to reports.

Investigators say “Yuzhny Federalny” deputy chief editor Margarita Yefremova telephoned the head of the local Morozov district and offered not to publish an article she had written about his alleged “illegal and corrupt activities” as well as that of the local police chief if they paid her 500,000 rubles ($17,500).

Ms Yefremova was reportedly caught by police accepting part of the agreed amount from the deputy governor of the Morozov district.

Colleagues say she must have been framed as she has, for a long time, been writing about corruption in the local police department and in government.

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