Roskomnadzor blocked the OVD-Info website by a court decision in December 2021 for “propaganda of terrorism and extremism.” The project is included in the register of unregistered public associations — foreign agents
The court canceled the decision to block the website of the human rights media project “OVD-Info” (included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of unregistered public associations performing the functions of a foreign agent) and sent the case for a new trial.
“This is a rare victory for common sense and law nowadays, but a small victory,”— considers the co-founder of “OVD-Info” Grigory Okhotin.
He added that the project team will continue to seek unlocking, but has no illusions.
According to lawyer Anastasia Samorukova, the judge who dismissed the appeal “was actually reprimanded for depriving Grigory Okhotin of access to justice.” All this time, “OVD-Info” there was no opportunity to get acquainted with the materials of the case and file a complaint, she explained. “Reprimand to the judge” this is not the most frequent story at all,»,— the lawyer noted.
RBC asked the press service of the Moscow Regional Court for comment.
Roskomnadzor, by decision of the Lukhovitsky District Court of the Moscow Region, blocked the website “OVD-Info” December 20, 2021, the basis for this was Art. 15.1 of the federal law “On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection”. It concerns materials with pornographic images of minors, methods of making and using drugs, methods of committing suicide, inciting minors to commit illegal acts that pose a threat to them and others.
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Roskomnadzor later explained the blocking by the fact that OVD-Info engaged in “propaganda of terrorism and extremism.” The court clarified that it was connected with the justification of the terrorist attack in the building of the Federal Security Service of Arkhangelsk in 2018, as well as the activities of the Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) and Jehovah's Witnesses (an extremist organization banned in Russia).
In September last year, the project was included in the register of unregistered public associations— foreign agents.
Project «OVD-Info» was launched in December 2011 after the arrests of protesters in Moscow. Among other things, he monitors cases of abuse of power by law enforcement officers in relation to detainees, provides the latter with legal assistance and monitors cases of violence in detention centers and prisons.
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