Russian organization of journalists fined for “discrediting the army”

The Moscow District Court fined the interregional public organization “Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers” under an administrative article about “discrediting” the entire Russian armed forces.

According to Ukrinform, this was reported in Facebook lawyer Maxim Krupsky.

“The organization has actually been held accountable for exercising its constitutional right to freedom of speech. Let me remind you that Art. 29 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees freedom of thought and speech, no one can be forced to express their opinions and beliefs or renounce them, censorship is prohibited. By its decision, the court today actually abolished this provision of the Constitution,” writes Krupsky.

He noted that the court applied the maximum fine – 500 thousand rubles (approximately UAH 300 thousand).

The lawyer emphasized that the defense considers bringing the organization to administrative responsibility illegal and unreasonable, and the position of the prosecution is unconstitutional. And he promised to file a complaint in the coming days.

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As writes sota edition, publications “in support of Ukraine” became the reason for the court decision. We are talking about the texts “Perugia Declaration in support of Ukraine” and “We demand to stop the war.”

In July, the Moscow prosecutor’s office asked the court to liquidate the Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers, citing the initiation of an administrative case on “discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation.” The court suspended the activities of the public organization.

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