Roskomnadzor restricted access to the Internet service News.Google (Google News) in Russia due to “fakes about a special operation in Ukraine.”
“Based on the requirement of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, Roskomnadzor has restricted access to the News.Google Internet service in the country,” the agency said.
The statement also says that this “American news Internet resource provided access to numerous publications and materials” that contained “inaccurate socially significant information about the course of a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine.”
On March 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on “fakes about the Russian army.”
For violation of the law, citizens face a fine of up to 5 million rubles or imprisonment for up to 10 years. If the spread of fakes caused serious consequences, then the term of imprisonment will be from 10 to 15 years.
Changes were also made to the Code of Administrative Offenses. The new article on “public actions aimed at discrediting the use” of the Russian army (Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) provides for a fine of up to 100,000 rubles for citizens, up to 300,000 rubles for officials, and up to one million rubles for legal entities.
Due to the threat of criminal prosecution after the adoption of this law, the BBC Russian Service decided to temporarily stop work. Novaya Gazeta announced that it was deleting materials about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and The Bell decided to stop covering the conflict. At least 150 journalists left Russia due to the introduction of military censorship.