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A court in St. Petersburg fined Belotserkovskaya for violating the law on foreign agents

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A court in St. Petersburg fined blogger Veronica Belotserkovskaya (recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation) for failure to provide information about the activities of a foreign agent, reported in the joint press service of the city courts.

The Petrograd District Court brought the blogger to justice under Part 2 of Art. 19.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation (failure to provide information, the provision of which is provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation on foreign agents). The fine amounted to 35,000 rubles.

“Belotserkovskaya, being a person included in the register of foreign agents, did not submit the relevant information (reports on its activities and financing) to the authorized body [Минюст]”, the press service clarified. The blogger did not appear at the court hearing.

In February Belotserkovskaya in absentia sentenced to nine years in prison, having found her guilty of discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The Prosecutor General’s Office asked the blogger to assign such a deadline. Belotserkovskaya is also prohibited from administering electronic and Internet resources for five years.

The blogger is not in Russia, she is on the international wanted list, but Interpol refused to consider the case of her extradition. Her sentence will be calculated from the moment of her detention on Russian territory or extradition to Russia.

An article for disseminating fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces (Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) appeared in Russian legislation in March 2022, after the start of a special operation in Ukraine. Fines can reach 5 million rubles if the dissemination of fakes was committed for mercenary reasons, political hatred, using official position or by prior conspiracy. If the fakes lead to serious consequences, they may face imprisonment of up to 15 years.

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