Russia’s media watchdog says state TV airing leaked photos of historian’s underage foster daughter isn’t a rights violation

Russia’s media and censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, has determined that the state television channel Rossiya didn’t violate the rights of historian Yuri Dmitriev’s underage foster daughter by airing nude photos of her leaked from a court case file, Karelia’s Children’s Rights Commissioner Gennady Saraev wrote on his page on the social media site Odnoklassniki.

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Man from Sri Lanka enticed under-age girls to send intimate images

MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia – A 23-year-old Sri Lankan man has been arrested in Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, after allegedly coercing young girls into sending explicit images and videos of themselves then distributing the intimate content to their family and friends as a punishment for failing to send more.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) say they began an investigation in April this year, after receiving tips from both the London Metropolitan Police (MET) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about young girls, aged between 12 and 14, allegedly receiving threatening messages seeking self-produced child exploitation material.

Investigators traced the messages to an address in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood and executed a search warrant in June 2020. Investigators seized a number of devices for further digital forensic examination.

Evidence from the seized devices allegedly show the man contacted two young girls, one in the UK and one in the U.S., using fake social media identities. After gaining their trust, both girls sent intimate content to the man. It is further alleged, he then used these images and videos to blackmail them for more content, under the threat of sharing the previously sent images with their friends and family.

When both children refused his demands, the man allegedly made contact with multiple friends and family members of both girls and shared the intimate images and videos.

The man allegedly sent dozens of messages to the girls in which he threatened to release more of the sexually explicit material and that he would “ruin their lives” if they failed to comply with his requests.

The AFP arrested the man on Friday at his new Doveton address.

He faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday charged with seventeen offenses.

If convicted, he could be jailed for up to fifteen years.

AFP Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said police will do everything in their power to ensure children are protected from predatory offending against their innocence.

“Child exploitation material can have a devastating, life-long impact on its victims,” Detective Superintendent Crossling said Saturday.

“In this case, not only are they victims of self-produced child exploitation material, but it has been doubly weaponised against them to facilitate so-called sextortion.”

“Sextortion is a form of blackmail where someone threatens to share intimate images of you online unless you give in to their demands,” Crossling said.

“These demands are typically for money, more intimate images, sexual favours, or in an effort to control or humiliate a victim.”

D/ Superintendent Crossling said authorities encourage anyone who falls victim to image-based abuse to report the matter to the site or application where it is appearing and to the authorities.

“We also encourage people to seek help from a trusted relative or friend or professional support service it can be a complex situation, but nothing is so bad that you cannot tell someone,” Superintendent Crossling added.

Victims of image-based abuse, are urged to consider the following course of action:

  • do not send any more personal images or videos
  • get support from a trusted friend or family member, or professional support services
  • collect as much evidence as you can, including screenshots, URLs or any other records
  • block the persons number/profile/email address (do this after collecting evidence)
  • giving in to requests is not encouraged, once you have complied with their demands there is nothing preventing them from targeting you again
  • report the matter to police
  • If you are worried about your physical safety, call Triple Zero (000) or contact your local police station.

If content has been posted online, report the site where content is hosted to the eSafety Commissioner (

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Finland to welcome 11 underage refugees from fire-ravaged camp in Greece

ELEVEN ASYLUM SEEKERS from Moria, a fire-ravaged refugee camp on Lesbos in Greece, will be relocated to Finland, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

The Ministry of the Interior on Friday morning said all of the asylum seekers are underage and unaccompanied. The relocations will be carried out on an unspecified date and the asylum seekers placed in quarantine-like conditions for 14 days after their arrival in Finland.

Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Greens) pointed out that the fire is shocking particularly because it exacerbated an already difficult situation at the camp housing 4,000 asylum seekers. Roughly twice as many refugees are believed to live in tents and makeshift shacks around the camp.

The Finnish government, Ohisalo reminded, committed earlier this year to settle 175 vulnerable asylum seekers to support countries in the Mediterranean. A total of 72 underage unaccompanied asylum applicants have since been relocated from Greece to Finland, helping not only the vulnerable applicants but also the fellow member state.

“By receiving these 11 underage people, we are continuing to provide support and implement the government’s decision,” she said.

Germany, the current holder of the presidency of the Council of the EU, has asked other member states to help to alleviate the situation in Greece, which has moved more than 400 unaccompanied refugees from the island of Lesbos.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

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