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 on the social network in March about the situation in Ukraine
The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs put the businessman and blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya on the wanted list. This is stated in the ministry's database.
It is indicated that the blogger is wanted under an article of the Criminal Code. RBC turned to Belotserkovskaya for a comment.
On March 16, the main investigative department of the Investigative Committee opened a case against Belotserkovskaya under an article about the dissemination of fakes about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces.
According to the investigation, in March, Belotserkovskaya on her Instagram (the social network is owned by 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, they contained deliberately false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces for the destruction of cities and the civilian population of Ukraine, including children,” in the course of a special operation. Thus, the blogger “discredited public authorities” and the Russian Armed Forces, the UK said.
A case was opened against Belotserkovskaya under paragraph "d" Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code (public distribution of fakes about the actions of the Russian military based on 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 the investigators had previously promised to “solve the issue of putting her on the international wanted list.”
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Article on punishment for public dissemination of information about the actions of the Armed Forces , which may be recognized by law enforcement agencies as unreliable, appeared in the Criminal Code on March 4. After the start of the military special operation in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since February 24, Roskomnadzor also ordered the media to rely only on data from official Russian sources.
For the first time, the arrest under this law became known on March 22, when the Presnensky Court of Moscow arrested and sent to the pre-trial detention center the technician of the emergency control center of the capital's main department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sergey Klokov.
Belotserkovsky became one of the first public figures against whom this rule was applied. Also, on May 4, the journalist Alexander Nevzorov was put on the wanted list for this article (on April 22, the Russian Ministry of Justice put Nevzorov on the list of natural persons-foreign agents). The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against him for 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 Russian legislation.”
On May 11, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that the Ministry of Internal Affairs had put the player “What? Where? When? and journalist Rovshan Askerov. A case was 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 can be imposed. or imprisonment for up to five years. Askerov himself told RBC that there was no slander or rehabilitation of Nazism in his publication.
Belotserkovskaya— cookbook author, blogger. Born in Odessa. She was married to a businessman, the owner of Yuvenko, the largest vending operator in Russia. Boris Belotserkovsky. At the end of 2017, after 17 years of marriage, the couple divorced.
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