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Novaya Gazeta fined €6,400 for ‘discrediting’ Russian army

The Tagansky district court of Moscow fined the Moscow office of Novaya Gazeta 400,000 rubles (€6,400) for “discrediting” the Russian Armed Forces, reports Novaya Gazeta.

“The people involved in this special operation against journalists are: Roskomnadzor’s officials, the anonymous ‘experts’ they used (whose last names we, nevertheless, have managed to identify in court), five police generals (we didn’t count the colonels), and the court itself,” Novaya Gazeta writes.

The reason for filing a report were three articles published on the website of Novaya Rasskaz-Gazeta (a new project by the Moscow office of Novaya Gazeta - translator’s note).

Previously, the Simonovskiy district court of Moscow fined Novaya Gazeta 350,000 rubles (€5,600) for spreading “false” information for an article titled Kherson. At the beginning of July, Novaya Gazeta was fined 300,000 rubles (€4,800) under the same article for a video posted by the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov on 24 February, in which he had condemned the war in Ukraine.

On 28 March, Novaya Gazeta was forced to suspend its work after a second warning from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s censorship agency.

At the beginning of September, a Moscow court found the registration certificate of Novaya Rasskaz-Gazeta invalid; the project was announced by Novaya Gazeta on 15 July. On 24 July, Roskomnadzor blocked the website of Novaya Rasskaz-Gazeta.

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Novaya Gazeta was forced to stop both its printed and digital editions after receiving two warnings from Roskomnadzor on the brink of having its media licence revoked. Those members of the Novaya Gazeta staff who left Russia founded Novaya Gazeta. Europe: a separate project, both legally and virtually, rather than a subdivision of the original Novaya Gazeta.

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