In Russia, the court fined Wikipedia because of articles about the war in Ukraine

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Russian court fined Wikipedia because of articles about the war in Ukraine

The fine was imposed under the article on non-deletion of prohibited information due to two Wikipedia articles related to the war in Ukraine.

The World Court of the Tagansky District of Moscow has fined 2 million rubles (more than $32,000) for the Wikimedia Foundation project, which manages the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. This was reported by Meduza on Tuesday, November 1

It is indicated that the fine was imposed under the article on non-deletion of prohibited information (part 2 of article 13. 41 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) due to two Wikipedia articles related to the war in Ukraine.

One of the editors of Wikipedia reported that claims arose against two articles:

  • Non-violent resistance of the civilian population of Ukraine during the Russian invasion;
  • Estimates Russian invasion of Ukraine (2022).

According to the court, the articles contained “false information about the special operation.”

In turn, the executive director of the Wikimedia online encyclopedia. News commentary en Stanislav Kozlovsky said the court's decision would be appealed, Reuters reported.

“We still have a fairly strong procedural legal position, so we have reason to believe that we will be able to cancel this fine as well, and imposed in April,” Kozlovsky said, referring to previous fines totaling 5 million rubles.

According to him, there are There is a risk of an increase in the number of cases against the Wikimedia Foundation. He added that Wikipedia has many articles about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and so far only three court cases.

Earlier it was reported that Wikipedia refused Russia to remove articles about the war in Ukraine. Then it was about articles on the topics: Russian invasion of Ukraine, War crimes during the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Massacre in Bucha.

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