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ODESSA - The second of two men accused of planning a plot against Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadirov, Ilya Pyanzin, filed an appeal on Thursday with the local appeals to court in an attempt to fight extradition to Russia. Adam Osmaev, the man Pyanzin is accused of plotting with, had also filed an appeal to fight extradition, but his appeal was denied on Tuesday, clearing the way for his extradition to Russia, Kommersant Ukraine reports.

Both men were arrested in Ukraine in January 2011, after a bomb that they were constructing in an apartment in Odessa exploded accidentally. After the two men were arrested, Ukrainian police discovered that Osmaev, who is Chechen, had been on a wanted list in connection to an attack planned in 2007 against the leader of Chechnya Ramzan Kadirov. According to Russian security forces, Osmaev had travelled to Ukraine to prepare another attack against Kadirov and an attack against Putin, as part of a larger Chechen separatist organization called the “Caucasian Emirate,” Kommersant reports.

Russia considers the Caucasian Emirate a terrorist organization. The group’s ideology is based on a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, and advocates for the North Caucasus to become independent of Russia and establish Sharia law.

Now that the Ukrainian appeals court has cleared the way for Osmaev’s extradition, the only possible way to prevent him from being sent to Russia would be an appeal to the European Human Rights Court.

Osmaev’s wife said that she is afraid that if Osmaev is sent to Russia, he will not live to stand trial, because Russian security forces simple want her husband to ‘disappear’ on his way to Russia, Rosbalt reports. She added that she did not believe Osmaev would get a fair trial in Russia, and that he would have had a much fairer trial in Ukraine.

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New Probe Finds Pro-Bolsonaro Fake News Dominated Social Media Through Campaign

Ahead of Brazil's national elections Sunday, the most interacted-with posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Telegram and WhatsApp contradict trustworthy information about the public’s voting intentions.

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Laura Scofield and Matheus Santino

SÂO PAULO — If you only got your news from social media, you might be mistaken for thinking that Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections, which will take place this Sunday. Such a view flies in the face of what most of the polling institutes registered with the Superior Electoral Court indicate.

An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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