A Pskov journalist was fined for “discrediting” the Russian army

A Pskov journalist was fined for “discrediting” the Russian army

The journalist of “Pskovskaya Gubernia” Vladimir Kapustinsky was fined 30 thousand rubles for the article about the so-called discrediting of the Russian army. This is reported by Sever.Realii with reference to the editor-in-chief of the publication Denys Kamalagin.

The discrediting examination recognized the phrase “Russia is bombing a peaceful population”, which Kapustinsky uttered in the “Double Bottom” program on YouTube.

In October 2022, the court in Pskov fined Denis Kamalagin himself 35,000 rubles under the article on discrediting the army. Posts in his Telegram channel could serve as the basis for initiating an administrative case.

  • In March 2022, the police, riot police and employees of the “E” center came to the editorial office of “Pskov Governorate”. During the search, all equipment was seized from the editorial office, including personal mobile phones and video equipment. The search took place after an anonymous denunciation, in which it was indicated that editorial staff were calling for a rally against the war in Ukraine. The journalists of “Pskovskaya Gubernia” have left Russia, the editorial office continues to work abroad.
  • Immediately after the beginning of the military invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine, administrative and criminal articles appeared for the discrediting of the Russian army. By discrediting the Russian authorities, they mean any criticism of the Russian invasion or anti-war statements. Violators face a fine of 30,000 to 50,000 rubles, with repeated discrediting the fine increases to 100,000 rubles. According to the criminal article, a penalty of up to five years of imprisonment is provided.

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