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Squeeze Russia Out Of Yourself
This was the meme that got Andrei Bubeyev arrested and jailed. He is a Russian engineer from the western city of Tver, and he was sentenced to two years and three months in prison in May 2016 after being convicted of separatism and extremism for reposting material about Crimea on social media. The material in question was an article by publicist Boris Stomakhin that had earlier been deemed "extremist" and a threat to Russia's "territorial integrity." The piece -- titled Crimea Is Ukraine! -- argued that Russia had illegally annexed the peninsula and that it should be returned to Ukraine. He was also charged for reposting an image of a hand squeezing a tube of toothpaste with the caption: “Squeeze Russia out of yourself.”
This is propaganda because
In Russia, some forms of political expression are considered so dangerous to the state that they must be banned.
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