Mustn’t Diss the Russian Orthodox Church
Interesting report out of Estonia:
Officials are remaining mum for now on a report from the Russian human rights organization Agora that a Karelia-based blogger, Maksim Jefimov, has asked for political asylum in Estonia.
Jefimov is facing criminal prosecution for inciting hatred in writings on the Russian Orthodox Church, earning him comparisons to the jailed punk band Pussy Riot.
“Jefimov contacted the Estonian Police and Border Guard asking for temporary political asylum. He notified us today,” an Agora representative was quoted by Interfax as saying.
The Police and Border Guard did not comment on the case. “The Police and Border Guard do not disclose information on asylum seekers as these are delicate personal data and we are not allowed to do so under legislation on granting asylum to foreign nationals,” Ellen Lebedeva of the Police and Border Guard’s status determination office told uudised.err.ee.