Russia Imposes Fine on Novaya Gazeta for Discrediting Military Operations in Ukraine
Russian Authorities Impose Maximum Fine on Novaya Gazeta for Condemning Russian Military in Ukraine
Russian authorities have imposed a maximum fine of 400,000 rubles ($5,955) on Novaya Gazeta newspaper for discrediting the actions of the Russian Army in the framework of the so-called Russian special military operation in Ukraine.
As reported by Novaya Gazeta on its Telegram channel, the reason for the administrative case was an interview with Archpriest Andrei Kordochkin published in the Novaya Rasskaz-Gazeta magazine. The Taganski Court in the Russian capital applied the highest fine possible.
Furthermore, the Russian newspaper had been fined in July and August of 2022 for spreading “fake news” and “abusing freedom of the press.” In September, the Russian Supreme Court ordered the publication’s website to be closed and Moscow’s Basmanni Court ordered to withdraw its license.
Novaya Gazeta accused the authorities of “killing” the newspaper founded, among others, by the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. As a result, they were forced at the end of March to suspend their publication in its paper and digital versions “until the end of the special operation in the territory of Ukraine.”
Novaya Gazeta has vowed to appeal the fine as they disagree with the sentence. The newspaper had been a major figure in the media world since its launch in April 1993, and it will be interesting to see what the outcome of this case will be.