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Mass media fined for posts in folk language and SIM card inventory

In different parts of Russia there are still living indigenous people. They have their own language, traditions and culture. Not so many people can talk their language, not because it is non-official language in Russia, but because this language is unique and is not commonly widespread.

Indigenous people endeavor to save their traditions and culture including language. Internet is a new way to do this. Therefore no one would be surprised to see in internet publication in language he or she could not read. The ordinary internet user would bypass such publication, but not Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor.

The Russian internet media platform, where different bloggers can publish their texts, has been fined by the Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor only because one of the publications was in language of indigenous people. This publication was also translated into Russian and also published.

But the court sided with Roskomnadzor and ordered the platform to pay the fine. It was not the first time when the platform has been fined for publications. All posts have been published by the one blogger. He writes his posts in Komi language and translates English publications into Russian and publishes them.

The media platform is registered as mass media. The court has brought the resource to administrative liability for violation of article 13.21 of Russian administrative code (dissemination of mass media’s products). The official reason is as follows: the language of mass media is Russian (declared at the registration) but posts in question are in Komi’s language.

Therefore the court defined corpus delicti under administrative law of Russia. The media platform was obliged to notify RKN of changing in language of publications. The media platform is not agreed with court’s and RKN’s position and intends to appeal.

Actually Roskomnadzor is not the only who is original. For example, one Russian deputy has proposed RKN to enumerate all SIM cards in Russia. Realization of such idea would entail significant costs and certainly mobile operators were and are not ready to bear all expenditures linked to such idea and its realization.  The deputy intended to find out how many active SIM cards there are in Russia.

The process and procedures of SIM card inventory were not defined in proposal. But there were three options allowing checking actual status of each SIM card. In other words anyone in Russia could know how many SIM cards are registered on his or her passport, and to know who the real subscriber of mobile operator is.

And the last news for today is the new law against ticket speculation. The Russian president has signed new law recently. The law provides administrative liability for reselling tickets at the price which is higher than nominal. The exception is only for natural person, when person buys only one ticket for its personal purposes and resell it.

In other cases the selling tickets to the events by ways other than provided in relevant law is out of the law and is punishable. The selling of tickets at the price which is higher than nominal also is punishable and entails administrative fines.

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