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First fine for fake news under Russian law

First time in Russian legal history the Russian magistrate court has imposed fine on Russian media resource under the Russian law on fake news. The magistrate court has imposed 200 thousand Roubles fine on internet resource and 60 thousand Roubles on chief editor of this resource for dissemination of fake news under Russian administrative code.

The media resource has published few video on its YouTube channel and published hyperlinks to these videos on its web-site. This has attracted attention at the office of general prosecutor. The office requested to restrict access to web-sites containing videos in question. RKN has received requirement from the office of general prosecutor, considered them, made procedural decision and sent all materials to the court and the court has imposed a fine.

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