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15 September 2014

Dmitriy Shipilov seized soon after publication of interview with advocate of greater Siberian autonomy.

Dmitry Shipilov, 33 yo, detained after interview with Artyom Loskutov. Picture:

Shipilov was detained at a railway station outside Moscow on 11 September.

The same day newspaper Novosti Kuzbassa published his interview with Artyom Loskutov, who sought to organise a march for the 'federalisation' of Siberia.

The march last month was banned amid claims of extremism.

Artyom Loskutov on Monstration

Artyom Loskutov on 'Monstration' in Novosibirsk. Picture: Maksim Kiselev

Police say he was detained over an unrelated incident.

In 2012 he was sentenced to 11 months corrective labour for a public insult of Aman Tuleyev, governor of Kemerovo.

He was reported to have fled from Kemerovo. His sentence was replaced with detention in a penal colony for three months, and police say this was the reason for his detention.

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