MOSCOW, February 16 – RIA Novosti. Novaya Gazeta reported that Roskomnadzor opened two cases against the publication and its editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov on non-dissemination of inaccurate information.
“Roskomnadzor, at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation, initiated two cases under Part 9 of Article 13.15 of the Administrative Code (” Dissemination of deliberately inaccurate socially significant information under the guise of reliable messages “) against the editorial board of Novaya Gazeta and the editor-in-chief of the publication Dmitry Muratov,” the newspaper reports.
The agency's ruling received by the editors says that the cases were initiated because of the material by Tatyana Yurasova, removed at the agency's request on the day of publication, January 23. It is noted that the article spoke about the alleged training of provocateurs in the Moscow region health resort “Horizon”.
“In the sense of the publication, these provocateurs will act in the interests of the authorities, demonstrating aggression on the part of the protesters,” the prosecutor’s conclusion is quoted in the newspaper.
It is emphasized that the law enforcement officers did not question the journalists of Novaya Gazeta and did not try to get information from the editorial office that could help in checking the incident. In addition, the prosecutor's office of the Moscow region reports that it could not establish the facts of “training persons to participate … in mass riots” in the sanatorium.
“Under the initiated case, Novaya's editorial office faces a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles, and Dmitry Muratov – up to 100 thousand rubles. The very material of Tatyana Yurasova about the place of preparation of the alleged” titushki “was removed at the request of Roskomnadzor at 15:20 (Moscow time) on January 23,” – added in the publication's message.