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Adult sentence for schoolboy found guilty of propagandising terrorism on the Internet

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A 17-year-old schoolboy from Virginia, USA, published detailed instructions on Twitter on how to use Bitcoin electronic currency anonymously and encouraged people to use this method to finance terrorists in the Middle East.

In June 2015, he was found guilty and sentenced to 11 years in prison for being an accessory in the propaganda of terrorism.

Posts containing calls for people to engage in terrorism and the public justification of terrorism on the Internet is a punishable offense — a crime.

A Twitter post or forum chatter can result in a fine, corrective labour, or a real prison term.

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Think things through extremely carefully before you say good-bye to your life by posting your own or reposting other people's material containing calls to terrorism.

According to Russian legislation, using a website or a social network account to publicly call for terrorist activity or publicly justify terrorism is a crime according to Part 1 of Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation that is considered to be have been completed and committed from the moment of publication.

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