Traffic opens on bridge linking southern Russian Federation with Crimea

Russia launches criminal probe of US pundit over ‘bomb Crimea bridge’ article

American journalist Tom Rogan said that no regrets about his article in which he recommended that the authorities of Ukraine to blow up the Crimean bridge.

"The article by Tom Rogan, placed in the public domain on the Internet, contains signs of public calls for terrorist activities on the territory of the Russian Federation that have the objective of destabilizing the activities of its governmental bodies and influencing their decision-making", it said in a statement.

According to the Russian criminal code, public calls for terrorist activity using the media, including the internet, may carry a fine of up to 1 million rubles (around $16,000) or a prison term of up to seven years. The four-lane bridge will eventually support up to 40,000 cars per day, and is expected to help cut the costs of goods in Crimea, which have doubled since Russia's takeover of the area in 2014. "It aims to harden Russia's unlawful hold on the peninsula and to forcibly isolate it from the rest of Ukraine", she said.

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Describing the bridge as "an outrageous affront to Ukraine's very credibility as a nation", Rogan suggests that Ukraine launch air strikes against the bridge as the most efficient way to "render it at least temporarily unusable".

"A miracle has come true", said Russian President Vladimir Putin as he inaugurated a 12-mile bridge May 15, that now connects Crimea with Russia.

In another opinion piece on Thursday, Rogan cast himself as a victim, saying that "Russian bots" have sent him and his family death threats on Twitter.

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