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Why The Third Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist Is Being Singled Out

Australian colleague Peter Greste has been deported, and Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy is expected to be released to Canada. But Baher Mohamed, the third Al Jazeera prisoner, is being treated differently for what appears to be a very simple reason.

Baher Mohamed (left) and Mohamed Fahmy in a Cairo court in March 2014.
Baher Mohamed (left) and Mohamed Fahmy in a Cairo court in March 2014.
Dalia Rabie

CAIROConvicted Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is back in Australia, and reports suggest that fellow journalist Mohamed Fahmy will soon follow suit and be deported to Canada. But uncertainty still looms over the fate of their Egyptian colleague, Baher Mohamed.

The three men were arrested on Dec. 29, 2013, while reporting on the violent aftermath of former President Mohamed Morsi's ouster for Al Jazeera's English division. Prosecuted on terrorism-related charges for spreading false news with the intent of destabilizing the country, the international community was outraged when they were sentenced to seven years in prison.

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Sergey Lavrov, Putin’s Decoy-In-Chief

The Russian Foreign Minister, among the country’s most recognizable figures, embodies both the corruption and confusion of the Putin regime. Not everything is what it seems — and that’s the point.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a diplomatic reception for heads of African diplomatic missions

Anna Akage

From the outside, one might have the impression that the Russian Federation is run through a highly complex and well-coordinated apparatus that ensures that any single cog in Vladimir Putin’s system is by definition both in synch with the other cogs — and utterly replaceable. The Kremlin appears to us through this lens as an impregnable citadel with long arms and peering eyes that are literally everywhere.

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And yet, this is a completely false picture — and there’s no greater proof than in looking more closely at one of Russia's most prominent figures, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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