An environmental activist could face jail after criticizing
Russian villagers who refused to protest against businesses dumping pig manure into
their local river.

Valery Brinikh, director of the Biological Studies Institute
in Russia’s southern Adygean republic, called residents “cowards” who “lacked dignity” when they refused to stand up to their local pig farm.

Police ruled that his comments, which were published in an article titled “Silence of the Lambs,” could be prosecuted as “extremist”
calls for violence against the Adygean people, a protected ethnic minority group, some of whom live in the village.