They are looking for a blogger on charges of violating the law on fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces. The reason for the accusations was a post posted in March on a social network about the situation in Ukraine
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia has put on the wanted list entrepreneur and blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya. This is stated in the ministry’s database.
It is indicated that the blogger is wanted under the article of the Criminal Code. RBC turned to Belotserkovskaya for comment.
On March 16, the main investigative department of the IC opened a case against Belotserkovskaya under the article on the dissemination of fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces.
According to the investigation, in March, Belotserkovskaya in her Instagram (the social network belongs to Meta Platforms, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow recognized the company as extremist and banned its activities in Russia) published several posts in which, under the guise of reliable messages, deliberately false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces to destroy cities and the civilian population of Ukraine, in particular including children”, during the special operation. Thus, the blogger “discredited the state authorities” and the Armed Forces of Russia, the UK said.
A case was opened against Belotserkovskaya under clause “d” of Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code (public dissemination of fakes about the actions of the Russian military motivated by political hatred or enmity). She may face a fine of up to 5 million rubles, as well as forced labor for up to five years or imprisonment for up to 15 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to five years.
According to the Investigative Committee, Belotserkovskaya is abroad, and investigators had previously promised to “resolve the issue of declaring her on the international wanted list”.
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The article on punishment for public dissemination of information about the actions of the Armed Forces, which may be recognized as unreliable by law enforcement agencies, appeared in the Criminal Code on March 4. After the start of the military special operation in Ukraine, which has been carried out since February 24, Roskomnadzor also obliged the media to rely only on data from official Russian sources.
For the first time, it became known about the arrest under this law on March 22, then the Presnensky court of Moscow arrested and sent to the pre-trial detention center a technician of the reserve control point of the capital’s Interior Ministry headquarters, Sergei Klokov.
Belotserkovskaya became one of the first public persons against whom this norm was applied. Journalist Alexander Nevzorov was also put on the wanted list for this article on May 4 (the Ministry of Justice of Russia on April 22 added Nevzorov to the list of natural persons-foreign agents). The UK opened a criminal case against him on the public dissemination of fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces because of the post about Mariupol. Nevzorov himself told RBC that “he is outside the Russian Federation and the actions of Russian legislation”.
On May 11, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced the announcement of the wanted list of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the player “What? Where? When?”and journalist Rovshan Askerov. A case has been initiated against him under the article on the rehabilitation of Nazism (Part 4 of Article 354.1 of the Criminal Code). Under this article, a fine of up to 5 million rubles may be threatened. or imprisonment for up to five years. Askerov himself told RBC that there was no slander or rehabilitation of Nazism in his publication.
Belotserkovskaya is an author of cookbooks, a blogger. She was born in Odessa. She was married to a businessman, the owner of the largest vending operator in Russia, “Yuvenko” Boris Belotserkovsky. At the end of 2017, after 17 years of marriage, the couple divorced.
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